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Category: Too Long For Twitter (page 4 of 4)

Beyond 140 characters. Things that don’t go on Twitter.

As much as I would love to compete for the columnist position again this year, I know that I don’t have it in my time budget to do a good job at it. I’m doing course work at two separate schools, editing two pages in the paper and handling all social media accounts for the news organization, writing for the magazine and freelancing. There’s already a limited amount of hours for me to do that. I think I will just stick with what I have and give someone else a shot at shining.

I am enrolled in three online classes at Arizona State; I am participating in three production classes at El Camino (Union newspaper both print and online and Warrior Life magazine), and I am also freelancing. This is a lot to take on, but for some reason, I am not at all afraid. I can do this. I know I can.

the end is here

There’s no more production schedule. We published our last issue three weeks ago. The editorial board dinner and awards luncheon have both happened, and we are at the part of the semester when we turn in our semester reflection papers and find out what positions we will hold on the paper next semester.

It’s a bittersweet feeling. I miss the rush of trying to get things done already. I never knew I loved student journalism so much until this semester. So much work goes into putting a paper together. We learn and experience a lot.

When fall comes, I’ll be ready for it all over again.

I just wrote a column about the miscommunications that occur between me and my man friend. I think it is hilarious, but when he reads it, he will probably be annoyed. He will be annoyed even though I have stated all the things I say in the column to him face to face. He has heard all of this before, but he will still be annoyed, further proving my point that men don’t pay attention to the details.

I’ve said this to you before, honey.

I had my entire page all laid out, and then my editor-in-chief remembered that one of the editorials on my page needed to be dropped. I’m now sitting here coming up with a new 700 word editorial on texting and driving. This is how the news cycle works. Stories get dropped and their corresponding editorials with them, creating the opportunity for me to flex my impromptu writing skills muscle.

email from a reader...

email from a reader…

Last night, I got an email from a fellow EC student about my rape column. She wanted to let me know that she had read and appreciated the column, and she encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing.

It’s one thing for my advisers or my peers to tell me that I am doing a good job, but to hear it straight from a reader?

Well that just made my day.

There is a certain level of excitement that builds as I am working on story. When the pieces begin to fall together, and the ideas jump around inside my head fighting to be at the forefront, I feel an adrenalin rush that I liken to a runner’s high. Maybe there is a such thing as writer’s high. Whatever it is, it’s gets me all worked up imagining the possibilities. You start out seeking information on one topic, and as you go through the process of gathering facts, several other stories fall into your lap.

This is what is happening as I research the story I am writing about the student health center.

Stay tuned.

stories are out there waiting to be discovered

I came up with two stories ideas while out in the wild this week. One while going to pick up snacks at the bookstore. The other came as I was interviewing Dr Fallo for the article I wrote on him this week.

I guess the greater message is, we won’t discover news if we only hang out in the newsroom.

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