Saturday, March 30, 2013

March Gladness

I did it.

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.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Little Wonders

It is crunch time. The home stretch. Time to put my best foot forward.

2013 has been filled with a multitude of journalism success, from A-level celebrity interviews to detailed news stories. But it needs to continue - and at a much higher level.

Until May 20, I will be conducting interviews and overseeing the News21 education team's coverage of student veterans. That means traveling, balancing work, school and the like. Then I will spend the summer in Phoenix doing it all again, at a much faster pace.

It is a great challenge that has continued to test me journalistically, and I am thankful for it. Heck, I almost landed a print contribution in The New York Times by compiling a list of reactions to Hugo Chavez's death last week.

No one told me to do that, but I did it anyway. Those little things, or little wonders, rather, will be the difference between a paid internship and a full-time job next year.