Monday, January 31, 2005

Can you Imagine trying to cover the elections in Iraq?

I am very happy to see the elections are happening there so smoothly. I can remember when I deployed in real-world missions in the Army how I felt about the security. I can only imagine how tight the security is just to go across the street. I admire the reporters for the grit they have shown. They have to live like the troops. I am very sure that the media in country understand that an AK-47 assault rifle round does not care about your press credentials and you are in harms way. I guess what is really scary is all of the car bombings. I think it takes a special person to want to cover this kind of event. What makes all of the difference as an (aspiring) reporter from the outside looking in is seeing the joy the people have after having their first election in more than fifty years.
There is a bit of irony though. I guess in watching Iraq's elections versus ours we see millions of dollars spent to get people to the polls to vote. Outside many threats of violence there was a story I heard of a woman braving these perils to make her vote count and she later gave birth at one of the polling stations. Yet, we still see people who are fickle about voting here. I find that simply amazing. I think that is why reporters go to a place like that, to be amazed themselves.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Wise women

Entering my senior semester in the J-School has sent emotions through and through. There are emotions within me that are foreign and some that I would rather deny.

There is a pattern and a way of life that I have adapted myself to; my regular job, the way I eat, when I (don't) sleep and my crazy class schedule. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of friends and family that ask where and what I am doing with my life. It seems that I do not know exactly the answer and so I have created a story of what I dream of doing, someday. All I know is it sounds like a well-developed successful career map .

Meanwhile, I stumbled upon a book by photographer, Joyce Tenneson titled, "Wise Women." It's a book that celebrates courage and the beauty of women in their third phase of their lives. I found this book to be wonderfully insightful and something I strive to become. While flipping through this book, in the back of my mind, I thought of what it takes to be wise, a wise woman in today's society. Is it determined by the amount of degrees and academic honors? her employment? her LSAT scores? her university and her rank?

I reevaluated my post-graduation success story and have kept this quote in the back of my mind..."the most important thing it to try and enjoy life-because you never know when it will be gone. If you wake up in the morning and you have a choice between doing the laundry and taking a walk in the park, go for the walk. You'd hate to die and realize you had spent your last day doing the laundry!" -Christine Lee.

Attention broadcasters

If you want an idea of the way TV news may be headed, check out WLTX-TV's ad for a "backpack journalist."

More on the CSJ Web log.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Finally I am starting to feel like I am a broadcaster

I am finally in the broadcast side of my academic career. The more I go through the program the more it humbles me. We have quite a heritage here at USC through alumni and our falcuty and I am a step closer to being apart of that "lineage." I have a cousin that came through this program and he is currently at The Weather Channel as a producer. I think that this program has a alot to do with that. He was very prepared as he is smart and USC's name backing him did not hurt. I can't wait to hit the anchoring chair. I will constantly grow more and more as a journalist despite my past work experience in television. I know for a fact that some of what I left behind 3 years ago may not even be in existance now. Every year the G.M. of your station is finding new angles to push the station foward. You will see how he or she is "borrowing" ideas from other markets and BAM you are doing something different. I guess the rewards are doing something hard and reaching the goal. I learned that if your station is to compete, the so-called "hard" is what brings out the best in everyone.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Suits and leather

School started yesterday, and I began a legislative internship with the Associated Press today. I was an AP intern last year too, so I knew what to expect, but I remember my S.C. State House experience a little differently.
I remember walking into the ornate building last year and feeling overwhelmed, a misplaced nobody in a sea of suits. Coming back from the U.S. Capitol and the White House, this semester I felt better prepared for the job.
The legislative session began today, and a motorcyclist group called ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactment) came out in full force to voice opinions on helmet law, seat belt enforcement, etc. I watched men wearing chaps, bandanas and black leather vests that showed off old tattoos wander around the State House right alongside the state legislators. After the security I faced daily in Washington, I couldn't believe my eyes. Here were politicians mingling with constituents, the way it should be.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Almost Forgot

I almost completely forgot about writing my posts. I have been scatter-brained lately. I finally have thing in order for Winthrop. I started today and things went well. I've gone from taking all academic classes to all art classes which is different but fun. I'm enthusiatic about this semester and looking forward to all of those times I'll be stressed out of portfolio projects.

It's very different from being at USC. I see a lot of the same people I know throughout the day. Almost all of the art students know all of the professors and the other students. I'm in the same building the entire day and I don't have to worry getting hit by a car while trying to cross the street.