Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Front Page

1A. It is an elusive little bugger. Two and half years into journalism and it has not happened on any level: high school, college or professional. But I am not worried.

Last night, I applied for a winter internship at Cosmopolitan.com (go figure) and I did not receive it, which I treated with indifference. I did not expect to get it, but I apply for any and every journalism opportunity. And maybe the front page works the same way.

I have had stories that could have made the grandeur that is 1A, but it has not happened and it is okay. The front page is like a side ladder for journalism, its nice if one climbs it, but it does not make me any less of a journalist. If anything, without a front-page story, I have worked harder within my stories.

A couple weeks ago, I did an interview in a dog cage, for example. I can only continue to work hard and let the pieces fall where they may. If I am blessed with the front page, it will be the result of faith and hard work.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Sun Will Rise

Between Redbook story pitches, phone interviews and the like, I have been extremely busy.

First, the former. On my intern edit test for Redbook, mind you, this is an entirely woman's magazine; I spent about four hours crafting pitches using a mix of real news, television sitcoms and personal experiences. Difficult, but if I can pitch stories for a woman's magazine, what can I not pitch?

And I had a phone interview for a Zionist-focused conference in Baltimore this week. I know, a completely different ballpark. But I answered the questions to the best of my ability, like everything I do within journalism.

And the "like" is 18 college credits, internships and more internships.

There is no darkness here between early mornings and the satisfaction of a hard worked day. But rather a sense of discovery, the sun will always rise and ready or not, so will I.