Wow... Summer is almost over. I can’t believe I only have a few weeks left here at CN2. When I think back to my first days here and how confused I was by all of the broadcast lingo, it seems silly now because I understand it all now. I really can’t measure how much I’ve learned in my few months, it’s definitely more than what I learned in school last year-though don’t tell my dad that because he might decide it’s not worth paying for. It really has nothing to do with the quality of the school, USC is a great school with an amazing journalism program, but you can’t replace hands on experience.
The first time I was sent out with a photographer and no reporter was one of the most nerve racking moments of my life. I froze up when Jennifer said she was ready and I could start asking questions. Luckily Jen knows how to take care of us and jumped right in and soon I was asking away. Now interviews are usually a piece of cake. There are still some stories that are hard to swallow. Like today a mom came by whose daughter was missing. Seeing her cry was extremely difficult and I wanted to comfort her more than interview, but I guess that’s all part of the business.
Over the past week my eyes were opened to the horrors of animal abuse. After hearing the little boy and mother talk about the brutal killing of their puppy and then talking with the people of the Committee for Responsible Pet Ownership it broke my heart. I have always been an animal lover and I just couldn’t believe someone could treat animals that way. I would love to encourage everyone to adopt from their local shelter, but I know that isn’t always the best option though the experience touched me enough that I’ve decided that my first pet will be a rescued animal. I know it will be difficult, but I think it’s worth possibly helping to save a life.
While I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone, it’s kind of like a typical day here. We have deadlines and while at the beginning of the day it seems like you have plenty of time, by three o’clock you’re scrambling. I guess that’s kind of how life is in general...
I really can’t wait to go back to school, but I’m definitely going to miss my CN2 family. I’ve spent almost every week day with the reporters, photographers, producers, everyone and its going to be strange to not see them. I can’t express how grateful I am to have gotten the chance to work with this amazing group of people and even though I was upset and nervous about being trusted and thrown out on my own, it’s ended up being one of the most exciting times of my life.