Saturday, March 30, 2013
I landed a byline in The New York Times this week. Two actually.
This year, I have taken a new approach to journalism. I report on literally everything - local, national or international. If news breaks, I am hooked. I will call public relations numbers, retweet reporters and email sources.
But, no one assigns me to anything; I just pitch, pitch and pitch some more.
And it paid off big time.
However, it is only the tip of the iceberg. I continue to pitch stories, perhaps more than I can handle, but I thoroughly enjoy contributing to the news process; it does not matter if it is a print contribution or a lead byline.
It may sound like a broken record, but I want a full-time job, with benefits, once I graduate next year. That means doing the intangibles, which may not show up in the "box score," but will add to my journalism skill-set.
Taking a deep breath and smiling occasionally does not hurt either. Florida Gulf Coast University's Sweet 16 run netted me the two NY Times bylines - March Gladness indeed.