Friday, December 23, 2011

Build It Again

Looking back on my last couple blog posts, the vast majority take on a underlying movie or music theme.

This one is a movie I haven't seen, "Machine Gun Preacher," however, the trailer (and the eventual release on Blu-Ray, which I'll be sure to rent) looked captivating enough to use in this blog post.

Part of the trailer shows the main character calling his wife when the opposition blows up a orphanage intended for Sudanese children. His wife's response - "get off your butt and built it again."

From a journalism point of view, I take it as a point of improvement. 750-word news article? Try a 2,000 word feature and when you're done with that, attempt a 8,000 word investigative piece. My thought process motivates me to do better - there is always a higher point.

So as I venture into the new year, I won't settle for covering a concert or writing a basic news story, I want the deadline-crunching, risky off-the-wall feature, which may or may not pay off. One of my first blog posts mentioned covering the 2014 World Cup in Brazil - the goal hasn't changed, neither has any of the other journalism goals I have.

I'm ready to built it again - and much better than the first as well.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Yes Man'

I have a (good) problem - I don't take no for an answer.

Dream internship? It'll happen soon. National byline? Already happened.

Like I mentioned with emails before, almost 90 percent of the time I don't receive a response or positive answer, but, when I do, it validates (not that it needs any) the faith I put in initially.

I still have items on my to-do list because I refuse to give up on the idea, goal or viewpoint I wrote down. Its always the email or answer you least expect which makes it all worthwhile. Its the job that may be three or four years down the line, but its there - and I know it is.

I think of the word 'no' in the journalism sense as a prolonged yes. Most of the time its a heavy pool of applicants or "we don't do that," but I'll always ask because there is an exception to every rule.

I'll continue the search for the 'yes.' It seemed like right after I am shot down, I'm off sending another three emails for more opportunities because I'm fueled by the no, it makes me want to become a 'Yes Man.'