Chasing a dream
With Christopher Best
The Write Team
CARLINVILLE (Sept. 28, 2017) – Earlier this month I began an internship here at the Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat. Since I will be helping out around here for a while, my supervisors asked me to briefly introduce myself to our readers, so that’s about what you can expect from this article.
I have lived in Carlinville my entire life and currently study Professional Writing at Blackburn College. Fingers crossed, I’ll be graduating this May, and for those of you who know me, you know it’s been a long time coming. The plan is to begin a career in journalism sometime after graduation, so clearly I feel no apprehension or pressure going into this internship.
What drew me to journalism is complicated to answer. Maybe I like the challenge of entering a field frequently said to be on the brink of death. Maybe I hate money and sleep; maybe I’m a masochist. Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to do with my life for the longest time. Even now, I’m a bit uncertain. The decision was more or less a matter of blindly throwing darts at the board, and finding that somehow, this was the one that stuck.
What has kept me interested in this field is a different matter altogether. Despite all the late nights I’ve spent pulling out what’s left of my hair searching for the right words to finish an article as time creeps towards an impending deadline, there is something I genuinely enjoy about working and studying in this field. I get a kick out of receiving a new assignment and working to uncover the facts I need to bring the story together. Maybe it’s this mystery solving aspect of journalism that has me hooked; even as a little kid, I wanted to solve mysteries like “The Hardy Boys.” There is something exhilarating about throwing together a story before a deadline, like piecing together a puzzle, and being able sit back and feel at least a small amount of satisfaction from the finished result, even if it’s only from knowing I won’t ever have to touch it again. In the end, though I am rarely completely satisfied with my end product, the next story will always come along to keep me occupied; there is no time to dwell.
I am eager to continue to work, learn and grow at The Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat over the next few months, and I hope that you will be patient with me as I make mistakes, improve and move forward.