The past month has been a blur due to my internship at CNN, so apologies for not writing a post sooner. New job, new city and new responsibilities kept me from upholding this responsibility. Time to get back to teaching as I learn.
Here is a quick but golden nugget of journalism advice from a reporter with less than a year's experience: Write, write and, when in doubt, write.
Working at CNN has challenged me to write about a multitude of topics, many of them unfamiliar. Whether it is about Riley Curry's rise to fame or Katy Perry's legal battle with nuns, writing is what matters. Practice makes perfect and, while no one is a perfect writer, every article is a chance to improve.
My inclination, prior to this internship, was to wait for the perfect story. It was about covering just what I wanted to cover. Instead of writing and learning different reporting styles, my mind was in a journalism holdout for the perfect story. Looking back, that was the worst thing to do, the absolute worst.
Spoiler: Waiting for the perfect story will have you unprepared when it comes.
The better, no best, option is to write as much as possible. Cover topics that are foreign. Volunteer your skills to as many projects as possible. Who knows, you might even be sent to the Atlantic Ocean as result. During all of this, polish up the skills in ethical, balanced journalism. It all adds up in experience.
So, when that perfect story does come along, there will not be a moment of hesitation. You will be ready. And we are all excited to see you cover it.
A chance to see the world from the perspective of a 6-foot-2, aspiring human rights journalist. Will include lessons learned and reflections.