Though it’s always a thrill to see my name in print (or in pixels), declaring that I am responsible for having completed some sort of work of journalism, the real rush for me is getting to know complete strangers I would have otherwise never had the opportunity to speak with, and learning something from them.
You know that moment during an interview where you feel like you’re really getting somewhere? Maybe you pursue something small and it leads to something big. Maybe the source finally feels at ease and tells the best anecdote you’ve ever heard. Or—in the best and rarest of cases—the interviewee pauses and looks at you to say, “No one’s ever asked me that before.”
It doesn’t happen with every interview, with every story. But when it does, all other parts of the process then flow from it. The responsibility of telling this story is now not only my job, but an exciting puzzle to figure out.
In my time in journalism school, I’ve seen that in order to survive, traditional forms of journalism must sometimes give way to evolving new media. Now, part of that puzzle is figuring out the best way to present a story in order to reach a desired audience and make the most impact with them. The article can be eloquent, yes, but it will never make a difference if a person never reads the words on the page. Photo, audio, video—mediums that take you into the story, inside another person’s world—that’s what I see making an impression, and I’m fully committed to honing my skills in these areas to be a more effective multimedia journalist.