As of yesterday, I’m officially two months into my journalism career! Hootie hoot! And let me tell you, it has been amazing, difficult, a learning experience, and very rewarding. I wanted to make a post of things I’ve learned so far and how I hope to make next month better.
So far, I’ve learned:
-News is not a job…it’s a lifestyle. You have to eat, breathe, and sleep with news on your mind.
-Local news is much more fast paced than what I imagined. You have to get a solid story, with a variety of good shots, good interviews, and a standup/intro/tag that makes sense all before deadline. And here I was, complaining in grad school when I had an entire week to get a story together, sorry Terry! Basically, time management is key. And I am slowly, but surely, getting the hang of it.
– Do NOT be afraid to ask for help on what doesn’t make sense. “You rather be annoying than wrong,” were wise words from my co-worker this past week.
-Coming into this position, or any job/internship for that matter, I always walked in, thinking, ” I have to make an amazing impression for everyone. I want them to know that they picked the right person.” I got so focused on making a good impression, that I forgot why an employer hired me. At the end of the day, they hired me for a reason. I need(ed) to stop proving that I’m able — they hired me because I am able.
-On that note, my friend told me the other day, it’s not about you, it’s about the viewers. Make the story make sense to them…not to you. You have to be on the outside looking in. What will make sense to the viewers at home? What can they learn from this story?
-Always always always charge your camera batteries. Definitely learned that the hard way.
– Mistakes WILL happen. The question is, how will you learn from them and move on? Lesson learned. Move on. Be better.
-Each day, literally is a new day. Don’t bring yesterday’s problems into today’s promises. With news, I feel that I have won some and lost some in terms of everything going smoothly. But what I love about news, is that I have an opportunity each day to get better and better. Days are never the exact same — they’re always different.
-Comparing your work to those that have been there for quite some time isn’t going to help. At the end of the day, although there is individual work being done on a story, it is a team effort. People are always willing to help, because it is not about you, but about the team, the station.
-Be prepared. Come in hungry and ready to work. Whether it’s an idea that works or one that needs work, at least it’s an idea. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Confidence is a must.
-Speaking of being prepared, I noticed that making a list beforehand is crucial for me. And it doesn’t need to be extremely long, just those absolutely-no-excuses tasks that have to get done that day. Saw this awesome post that helped get my life all the way together! Sucsass.com by the way is a great site to check out if you need a weekly pick-me-up!
-Get out and explore the community where you work. Volunteer, take a class, do something to get yourself involved outside of work.
– Positive thinking is a necessity.
-Have fun! I’ve learned that this job is what you make it. There are some amazing people out there who all have stories and are willing to tell them. I love what I do because it’s so cool to meet someone new everyday, and that person is completely different than the person I met yesterday.
These are just a few of the many things I’ve learned so far working at my big girl job, haha! I am working my dream job, and am extremely blessed. Here’s to making month three great! #noexcuses #makeitgreat