I was excited to choose the beat of sustainability because it is something that means a lot to me. I try to live a very ‘green’ lifestyle and I wanted to take the time to help others understand the benefits. I believe that in order to write an interesting story, the writer must be interested in it first.
Covering this beat has shown me how hard the university is working towards becoming leaders in sustainability. It has also shown me the incredible teamwork they have at the Office of Sustainability. I have had the honor of working with incredible people whose vision is to improve the world we live in. Being able to sit down and talk to the sustainability team helped me see into their community, especially because it is so small. Everyone involved in the projects I have reported on is in it to win it!
This class has helped me with my professional development because it has helped me understand the importance of making connections with the people you interview. This is because the more comfortable they are with you, the more willing they are to help you out. The interviews, long hours of editing and out of class experiences have also helped me become a better journalist.
I refuse to believe that journalism is a dying breed and I am passionate about meeting new people and telling their stories through the written word. News is everywhere and I am excited to make a career out of it.
Steve Jobs once said, “You have to trust in the dots to connect your future. “ As a fourth year college student I try to remember these words daily. I had my ah-ha moment of figuring out that I wanted to be a journalist four years ago when I was a junior in high school. I was on the TV journalism staff and it was my responsibility to write the entire weekly broadcast. It was then that I found my niche and I have not stopped asking questions since. Curiosity drives my life. For the first five years of my life, I was too shy to take my head out of my mothers lap and now I have a lot of time to make up for. I look at journalism as getting a mini education and my goal is to learn something new everyday.
In one year I will graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism. I am passionate about my career choice and I am excited about where it will take me. My dream job is to be a TV field reporter that will allow me to travel. News is everywhere and I want to surround myself with it. I am not meant to live my life as a desk-jockey!