Making your own future in journalism…

It’s weird to think that after all these years of information gathering, reporting and media law classes that I am now suppose to go out into the world and show them what I can do with words. I have received the tools to succeed from people who have been there. I have written the stories and dreamt the dreams of the future. But now what?

I think that the future of journalism lies in the hands of today’s students; but only the students who can do it all. Today’s world of journalism is fast and competitive. In order to survive in it we must have experience in every type of media to get to the top of the list when it comes to jobs. It is these skills that will lead a young journalist to a successful career.

For me, it’s about being happy in a career of my choice where I feel I can thrive and feel that years of hard work are now paying off. I hope that my future in journalism will lead to where I have always wanted to be, at a fashion magazine. I can only hope that the knowledge I have retained in the last five years will help guide me into that fast and competitive world in a way that allows me to show my future employer that I am ready to show them what I’ve got.

Do we actually cover the campus “community?”

When asked to cover the campus community, as a reporter you really have to ask yourself what does this mean? To one reporter this could mean something completely different than it does to another. For me, this task was to cover groups that were not always recognized by campus media. What I found was that a lot of people were not very happy with campus media and its portrayal of campus events. Some felt that certain things, like sports and Student Senate meetings, were covered more than enough and left little room in the pages for other organizations.

After hearing this I realized that they were exactly right. Although our Student Voice layout is pretty much the same every week, there is no reason why our content cant vary heavily. I did my best this semester to provide stories that were “off the beaten path” for the Student Voice so that other organizations could have some media time as well. Some were choosen, others not.

I think that it is our jobs as student reporters, editors and other staff to recognize that there is more to our university than basketball and Student Senate meetings. There are organizations, new and old, that are doing great things, holding events and pushing at the boundaries of the “campus community.” But its our job to dig, to seek them out and to tell the stories of these organizations.

Dance Theatre

I found that the story that I enjoyed reporting on the most was the one about the Spring Concert Series presented by the participants of Dance Theatre. This was an organization that I was unfamiliar with until I was asked to cover this particular story. I had the honor to work with a group of students who were so passionate about what the organization stood for that I felt it ended up translating into my story.

When I had my first interview with Karla Zhe, director of the Dance Theatre program, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information she gave me. Instead of having to dig deeper and deeper for more information I was immediately welcomed into the Dance Theatre world. I had access to rehearsals, all the directors as well as the students participating.

The overall experience of reporting on this story was enjoyable because it allowed me to see how important journalism is. Everyone that was a part of Dance Theatre was so appreciative to see that their organization was getting recognition and was more than willing to help provide information which made this the best story of my college career, in my opinion.

When I was given the opportunity to use the story for River Falls Update, I jumped at it because I wanted to give back to the organization in any way that I possibly could as a thank you. The programs Spring Concert series was a great success selling out multiple shows.