Uncharted territory…

Well I must say, many exciting events have transpired since my last entry almost a month ago, and I apologize for my absence! As I mentioned earlier, I do have a lot going on in my life. Aforementioned ‘niche’ includes writing multiple news stories a week in all sorts of exciting formats, as well as lots of club commitments. Most recently, I did some clean-up work with one of WSU’s newest clubs, Photo League, in the bluffs across the river. We hiked all the way up there (and there were no nice steps like at Garvin Heights!), took some pictures and a quick lunch break, and swiftly got to work clearing out invasive species like buckthorn and honeysuckle. I’ll be the first to admit that I am still sore two days later! It’s not easy work on flat ground, but the angle at which we were doing all this work made it a lot harder on my pathetically out of shape body. It was a lot of fun though, and we’re thinking of making it into a monthly ordeal! I’m looking forward to the next one, because there are rumors of burning everything we cut out. I’ll let you know how that goes (and hopefully in a timely manner!).

In other exciting news, that story I wrote for the Daily News?? Ended up on the front page of the next day’s paper!!!! I was a little dumbfounded (slow news day, I’m sure) but excited none the less. It was so crazy to see MY name attached to the story… what an incredible feeling. Although I will admit that I started writing the story and when my editor looked it over, he pretty much re-wrote the entire thing. But it was a great learning experience, and that amazing feeling, looking down at my byline, reminds me why I’m going into journalism. Read my story here!

Coming up this weekend is my first convention, and a journalism-related one too! National Broadcasting Society is holding a regional convention for our region in Moline, Illinois (Quad Cities) Friday and Saturday, and I’m driving down there with 5 other members (and possibly our advisor, though we’re still not sure). I’m not really sure what to expect, seeing as how I’ve never participated in anything like this before. I’m a little nervous but excited at the prospect of networking and finding out what I have to learn (which, I know, is still a lot!). I’m also excited to spend the weekend with my fellow NBS-ers, as they all seem like great people. I don’t really know any of them too well so hopefully the weekend will go smoothly! If anyone happens to read this before our departure at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, I am certainly open to suggestions and words of encouragement regarding this endeavor. Wish me luck!

I also promised news commentaries, and there have been so many blog-worthy stories lately. Everyone’s favorite balloon boy and the release of Windows 7 are among several stories I heard about and thought, “hey, I should blog about this!”… but to no avail. I think one of my problems is that I’m having a tough time figuring out exactly how to go about commenting on these news stories. If anyone has any suggestions, or bloggers you really like that you think I could take note from, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Alas, I will do my hardest to update here more often, perhaps once life quiets down a bit and I have some breathing time. Take care, all, and have a great weekend!