Journalism all about juggling 0
While at the Enterprise Bulletin, I have learnt a few things -- one of which is that practising journalism can get to be very difficult.
You're juggling stories around trying to get them all finished before deadline, and it can get to be very exhausting.
Just recently, I embarked on a journey to write, photograph, and complete a large biking story.
My initial idea for a deadline would be two to three weeks, which ended up expanding to about a month.
I was caught up in so many contacts and had to speak to so many people that I lost my train of thought.
I had to work it out, make a checklist, see what I needed, and planned ahead.
I made a calendar, got a to-do list, straightened out my thoughts, and suddenly I was back on track.
The importance of organization in this career is very important, but at the same time it can make someone crazy.
The ability to do this as a career and bang out stories like it's nothing is a very impressive skill, one that is often overlooked.
To be able to interview and gather so many resources, then put them all into one story without losing your footing is something journalists do every day.
The ability to juggle three or four stories at one time and finish them all by a certain deadline is one of the main skills needed to do journalism, without that you won't be able to last long in this career.
The amount of skill and hard work this career takes is awesome, and the experience is great.
I am honoured to work alongside such great and helpful people and be able to gather experience for this career.
Austin Morrison is a Jean Vanier student, working at the Enteprise-Bulletin as his co-op education placement.