College Life, Lifestyle

Working in the Summer and NABJ Student Projects

“You spend so much time in your profession it ought to be something you love.” ~John H. Johnson

I’m not going to lie. I’m a little of a workaholic.

During this summer, I received the opportunity to work as a research assistant to help promote the graduate programs at my university abd a participant in the 2021 NABJ Student Multimedia Project.

Now, I’m not overworking myself like last time (I promise). I just wanted to gain more skills for my future journalism career. Gaining internships and having stories under my belt helped in that direction, but it mainly enhanced my print journalism. My next goal is to learn about video editing and production.

As the world continues to change digitally, and knowing how the other aspects, like websites, I need to have the additional experience to make my way up in the multimedia world.

The internet makes receiving information about what’s happening in the world more efficient. Utilizing social media and websites takes well-documented information and pushes it across the globe for all to engage.

Working as a research assistant taught me about getting in contact with people and clearly stating the background information needed for the interview. Not going to lie, it was a struggle, but the challenges are what made me want to work harder.

For the student project, having mentors with media experience is inspiring. My nervousness was through the roof, but my heart kept reminding me how important the opportunity was. I’ve interviewed people before, written stories, and respected criticism from those in higher positions. Now, I need to learn to edit videos, use photos to the best of my abilities, take on angles, heavy deadlines, and mastering the art of storytelling.

I’m ready to make mistakes and push to work harder within my craft. Coming this far, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, brought a hunger from inside that sends chills down my spine.

Keep up with me through the blog posts as I talk about my experiences during the next few weeks.

~Accept the mistake, and move forward to learn from it.