These last few weeks, while Symone has been on vacation, have been different. I feel like once I got used to my schedule, things changed again. At this point in my life, the constant readjusting has become typical. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing to remain flexible to get the best out of every day.
And I’m proud to say I think I have when it comes to this internship. I’ve taken the opportunity to shadow reporters Jason Marx and Brett Hall. My initial thought was that they’d be different in the types of stories they covered, one being day-side and one being night-side. However, I learned that reporters, like people in a job that requires thought, creativity, and personality, each reporter has their own process for investigative journalism which offered two different experiences.
From Jason, I learned that this was so much more than “covering a story.” It’s sharing someone’s story who is going through something at this moment. Brett, really had me focused on my writing because writing is this job is everything! The words you choose, the order you lay them, and how you say them, can make a world of difference when it comes to telling your story. Brett applauded my writing, and when I chimed in while Jason wrote his package, he’d say, “okay, I like that!” further validating my passion for this job.
After watching Jason interact with victims of possible fraud, and Brett interact with local firefighters made me realize that I’m attracted to telling peoples’ stories. After only those two days, I have skills, techniques, and tricks in my back pocket that I will apply when I’m working on my own stories.