Thursday, August 25, 2011


Alot of meanings here - it could be the lack of my right arm on turns because of my shoulder bruise, my ability to balance college classes or simple motivation.

Despite the first week stress, my college schedule is exactly the way I wanted it to be. All classes are Monday to Wednesday and start in the afternoon. However, I still have story assignments, job interviews and decisions to make in regards to freelance work for the Thursday to Sunday timeframe.

Time management, as I have learned over the last few months, is essential. I have to say ''no" to some journalism assignments and prioritize other aspects of my life.

I will reach all my goals though, because of passion, which brings about a small side note. One of my college professors asked my class if they chose their major for money or passion.

I consider money a bonus -- I work out of passion.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Three's Company

Three workshops in three weeks in three different cities.

Summer 2011 may go down as the propeller that ignites the engine of my journalism career.

I have made tremendous contacts with a variety of news organizations this summer. Even though I have not attained a national byline (yet), my latest short-term goal, intangibles have bettered my writing.

I continue to grow as a journalist and in a few days, I will pull out my pile of notes and paperwork from all the journalism workshops I have completed this summer and grow some more. I was recently asked what I do for fun and I did not have a direct answer.

Journalism is my fun.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I can and I will

I'll be honest -- no air-conditioning in a dorm on the 20th floor with amenities such as sideways running water and rust leads to less than eight hours of sleep and heat -- both stress and sweat filled.

However, the Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop at Point Park University has met my expectations with punctual leadership and tenacity. I can recognize errors in my own writing and question edits with relative success because of the constant level of work.

I have made connections with Pittsburgh Media professionals, attended a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC park and, for good measure, tried the famous Primanti Brothers sandwich. (Probably my only food purchase more than $11 this year, but it was worth it.)

The rest of the week looks bright and that is not just the 6:45 a.m. wakeup time I am talking about. Today, my story on the The Pittsburgh Courier exhibit at Heinz History Center was selected for the paper.

I still have goals I would like to reach before year's end, but August is hot so far -- the sweat a primary indicator of will.