Sunday, October 24, 2004

Senior Semester is Driving me Crazy

Okay I really need to blow off some steam. Senior Semester has its bad days and good days but it seems lately more bad than good. You know the saying one bad apple spoils the bunch? Well we have at least one bad apple in our class. This person pulls the disappearing act all the time. There are 18 of us in the class and we all must contribute everyday to produce a half way decent newscast. But how can that be if Houdini likes to pull a disappearing act at least once a week. Hey, for those of you who decide to do the senior semester thing, there is no “I” in team. Get your hair done after class or on the weekend. Don’t go to MTV campus try outs at the last minute and then make it all hush, hush like you are covering some news enterprising story. MTV “wanna be a VJ” isn’t newsworthy. It doesn’t even deserve a package maybe a VO or a VOSOT.
Another thing, there will be different personalities to deal with so take my advice and deal with IT!! When you get to your first shop, everyone isn’t going to like you and your not going to like everyone but if you pull your weight on a daily basis, you will be respected in the newsroom. There will be some arguing, personality clashes and sometimes you may feel as if you don’t belong but that will pass and you will feel better after you vent a little. While you are in senior semester, please check your ego at the door I know I said this before but check your EGO at the door. After all, you are still a STUDENT. Listen to the instructors that will guide you through the program. They actually done this before…a little secret…they know more than you do. Check out their bios before entering the class and you will see what I’m talking about.
One more thing while some people may not take this course seriously others are depending on this experience to land them their first job as a producer, reporter, or anything relating to the journalism field. So please be on time to story meetings, have story ideas, and be ready to work.Oh yeah and you need to get some “thick skin” because criticism comes at you from every direction whether you want it or not. However, don’t give criticism unless you are asked some people take offense to it. In addition, if you feel the need to give constructive criticisms make sure it’s not infront of the rest of the class. After all, you are just a STUDENT. AHHHHHH that feels better. I will let you all know how things are going in Senior Semester. Don’t forget to vote.


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