Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Extraordinary Measures

Three days removed from the University of Alabama's Multicultural Journalism Workshop and I still want to do more work -- I just cannot see myself doing nothing.

I do not have any imminent journalism related plans until July 30, leaving me more than a month to decide what to do.

Freelance? Work? Both seems more than likely and doable. At this point last year, I was merely touching the surface of journalism, now I'm ready to leap into the driver's seat.

It might be time to try something new; saying that "I love what I do already" could be construed as complacency. I'm ready for the next journalism gig, whatever it may be.

There is always something around the corner, I just cannot see the corner as yet.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Who knows what the tide could bring?

I do -- a 783-word story, the good word of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and being interiewed by NPR Alabama.

When I first arrived in Tuscaloosa, I was hungry (no, not for journalism at the moment, really hungry.) I had just gotten off a 23-hour bus ride, eaten the same foods for lunch and dinner (reheated Greyhound fried chicken) and was tired.

However, when I was driven to breakfast, I saw the "destruction," to say the least. Two days later, in 100-plus degree heat, I took a moment to stop and absorb what my eyes were focused on in front of me.

Rubble, a sense of nothingness and a community trying to rebuild.

I needed this type of journalism, where emotions run high and stories become more than stories. Two news briefs (one published in Alabama's college newspaper) and one extensive story later, I am still learning.

Water has to flow again.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Part of the herd

Radio -- I never thought there could be excitement from a solely audio format.

On Sunday, I conducted the entire sports broadcast for a 15-minute segment at WMUL-FM, Marshall University's radio station. Ranked number one in West Virginia by the Associated Press, I received a hands-on tour of the broadcast booth and how writing becomes condensed into a format that makes it easier for the broadcaster to read.

Today I will be visiting The Herald-Dispatch, the main newspaper here in Huntington. I am looking forward to working with reporters/editors and touring almost century old printing presses.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Katelin Hylton Profile- Marshall University HS Workshop Blog Assignment

"As strange as it sounds, I like research," rising Lawrence County High senior and 2011 Marshall University Summer High School Journalism Workshop participant Katelin Hylton said.

Hylton, a native of Webbville, Ky., has no newspaper at her high school, or even a journalism teacher. However, through her senior anthology class, which is a gradual portfolio of work from her literature classes from freshman to senior year, Hylton's clips include profiles of veterans and slam poetry, which is when a poet performs an original work, usually in front of an audience.

Hylton grew up with four older males -- two brothers and two cousins in her household -- "kind of like four brothers," Hylton said.

She attributes much of her journalism aspirations to this male influence and hopes to major in journalism and communication at Marshall University.

"They have given me more of a drive to stick up for myself," she said.

Marshall University Journalism Workshop Day One

Breakfast for lunch, two flights and a wealth of knowledge.

That sums up day one of this high school journalism workshop at Marshall University. Who knew that "Happy 18th Birthday" was grammatically incorrect?

The five-minute tour of campus as well as the two professor-led journalism sessions will be helpful as I prepare for a core curriculum as a college freshman.

I am looking forward to more dorm experience, an NBA Finals Game 7 (maybe) and the rest of the sessions here at Marshall.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

There is no stopping you

I recently realized something; I'll always have a to-do list. Even when it seems like I'm dwindling it down, I will add another task.

That's okay though; there are always things that need to be done rather than have to be done, part of my high school graduation speech this past week.

With that said, I really should get some sleep but tomorrow (give or take five hours), I'll embark on a six state, four flight and one 23-hour bus ride trip to two universities for two weeks. First up, a three-day workshop at Marshall University; followed by a nine-day workshop at the University of Alabama.

I am in for quite a road trip and I am looking forward to finally getting some much needed reading done on my Kindle.

There really is no stopping me and when I return I hope that I land an internship in New York that happened to be the slogan in my title.

Double-meaning? Yeah.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

On the 'Edge of Glory'

I have interviewed basketball players, movie stars and interacted with some of the best journalism has to offer.

And I still have plenty to learn.

In the last month, I have been confronted with decisions that have taken me out of my comfort zone; away from the "fun journalism," that is travel, sports and entertainment. However, in order to do all within journalism, I have to know all is well.

That is where college comes in. I heard "time commitment" at a recent Honors College Orientation and scoffed at the idea, but journalism actually encompasses more than the math and science I have (successfully) avoided.

I will have to take critical thinking and public speaking classes. I will have to work with other people and not be a one-man photo, reporter, writer, etc. These skills are necessary and require more than just the above average story that I have had the opportunity to cover.

I want to major in journalism but now it might be best to minor, who knows. As summer approaches, the best thing I can do is work on opportunities that I receive now and prepare for a "college experience" in the fall.

That includes improving my writing, communication skills and professionalism when I'm among other journalists; everything really.

I feel like I'm on the "edge of glory," but I have a few hurdles to jump over first.