Monday, August 5, 2013

Golden

At a social gathering last week, a News21 colleague mentioned that last year's work was the most publicized by any college media group. Ever.

This point quickly glossed over the group as the conversation slid into another area, but it stuck with me. Wow.

Last year at this time, I was grinding away back in South Florida, covering everything from the Miami Heat championship parade to assisting in Hurricane Andrew 20th anniversary coverage.

Now, the exposure factor is, well, golden.

It seems like every journalism success I encounter is met with a subsequent opportunity or connection that further strengthens my foothold in this industry. And I am grateful.

There is no secret formula;
it is simply faith, hard work and connections, in that particular order.

But, sometimes, where I am today does not really sink in until much later.

Last summer, I had an engaging conversation with Jill Abramson of The New York Times on Times-Picayune circulation coverage. I knew talking to her was huge at the time, but it seems even more grandiose now.

And it will probably be the same way with the picture to the right of this blog post. That picture is from my rotating fellow display on the News21 website (you may have to refresh it a couple times), another humbling honor.

While I often talk about working hard, stopping to reflect in the moment is quite fulfilling too.