It’s exciting to be here!
My first few days in the newsroom and on the prowl as a proud member of the Columbia Missourian have been a learning experience, to say the least. It’s been a whirlwind of a first week- from starting bright and early for my first GA shift of the semester on Monday, to popping in and out of the newsroom to work on stuff, to calling sources and meeting with my photographer, and, finally, to pounding the pavement and writing my first story for the Public Life beat.
Now that I’ve got a little bit of a feel for the reporting process and the flow of the newsroom, I’m starting to feel more energized about finding stories and telling them in creative ways. I hope to take full advantage of things like staff photographers, graphics and multimedia this semester… but more than anything, I’m excited to keep broadening and exercising my writing skills, and to leverage the power of language to tell meaningful and cool stories.
I’m hoping that my first beat story, about the Douglass Park skatepark addition, qualifies. I think that it will!