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Online Journalism may just be the death of me

This class is wiping me out.  It is just such an odd fit for my personality.  I have to force it each week. 

And I feel so guilty about that.  Here I have a wonderful professor who LOVES Journalism.  She is so excited about it.  The fact that I do not share her passion for the profession makes me feel as though I have a dirty little secret. 

Her passion does at least give me an appreciation for it.  That is the best she can probably do with me.    

The trouble is that this class is consuming my life.  If am not doing work for it, then I am stressed because I am not.  We have 3 books for this class and I am always behind in the reading.  I had this idea that we were going to be passively learning about the profession of journalism.  I don’t know why I would think that.  Saint Rose is nothing if they are not hands on. 

We have to actually write interesting stories to publish.  It is an insane amount of work.  Writing an article for a news story is inherently different than regular coursework where you read a book, and write a paper.  For a news story, you have to research your subject, research it some more, interview people, get annoyed when they don’t call you back, call some other people, change your story because the people you wanted to speak to either weren’t available or they didn’t give you the angle you were hoping for and then write and re-write. 

I went through this process and handed in my “story” thinking it was a gem.  I had put so much of my heart and soul into it that it just had to be good, right? Ha ha ha. When I received the graded paper, it had so much red ink from the corrections the professor wrote that I am positive she used the entire pen grading my paper alone. 

Grade?  B+.  Yippee.

Despite all of that, the relief that I felt when I had the story published was overwhelming.  I spent 5 full minutes enjoying that reprieve before the panic/terror overcame my body when I realized that my next “story” is due… on Monday.  You know in four days.   The celebration time after you get a story published is practically nonexistent.

Welcome to my world of journalism.  Now you know what I have been doing with all of my “free” time.   

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Thank you

Thank you for finding the time to read these words on this webpage right now.  I sincerely appreciate the time that you take to read something I have written.  For my whole life, I have been writing on any scrap of paper I could get my hands on.  Most of it landed in the garbage or in a box in the attic.  Of all of the things I have ever written in my life, few have read them.  Now, as I write this blog and you are reading it, I find myself grateful for that attention to something that I love to do so much. 

Deciding to write this blog has been one of the most satisfying things I have done in a very long time.  There are days that I dread it because I don’t know what I am going to write.  That doesn’t happen often, because I am starting to live each day with the joy of my self-imposed obligation to this blog.  I really look forward to writing it each day. 

That is because I still really have no idea what I am doing with this blogging thing.  I am writing and maybe people are reading and maybe they are not.  It feels good just doing it.

There is one thing I crave though, and that is feedback.  I have been writing in this blog for several months.  I still get heart palpitations each time I hit the publish button on one of these blog posts.  I never know what comment, if any I will get.  If you have been reading along and have some feedback for me – please let it out.  Good, bad – whatever.   I just would like to know what resonates with you.

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