This first blog post is essentially just an announcement of another first: yesterday my first article for the Columbia Missourian was published on their website. While the article itself is not much, (just an announcement of a meeting I am covering this afternoon,) the last year and a half have served as a build up to it, making it seem much more important than it actually is.
I’ve just started my second semester of my sophomore year, and just in the past few days it’s already surpassed every semester of schooling before it. On Sunday I finally attended orientation for the Missourian. Getting to be a reporter there has been my focus since I first decided to attend Mizzou’s J-school. I was both incredibly excited and nervous, and orientation did help to quell those nerves a bit. But coming into the newsroom for a few hours on Monday helped more. I got my first assignment from my editor, and everything I had been imagining for the past several years was suddenly real. The time I spent in the newsroom on Tuesday writing briefs and starting to think about another story was incredibly enjoyable. And now by Wednesday I already feel at home in the newsroom.
While I’m still pretty scared about everything I have to learn, it no longer looms distantly. Over the next couple weeks I’ll have a lot more firsts, and I’ll be writing them all on what will be hopefully be my first successful blog. If you want to check out my first article, you can read it here.