So as you know, since I spent the entire summer going on and on (and on and on) about it, I'm in journalism school again!
My story is a little bit odd, and I was just thinking that the last time I was in j-school, President Obama was elected for the first time, now, I'm back and he's been elected again!
WHAMMY, I'm taking credit for this election. Mr. Obama, I will accept payment in shoes and bags. Thanks.
Anyways, as I said, my story was a little bit odd. I was first in journalism in 2008 in the post-teen age of 19. I wasn't "fresh" out of high school, but I was fresh out of living with my parents and being a kid. In that year I did a lot of growing up and by May I decided that I didn't want to return to journalism because at the time, I felt as if it were sucking all my creativity.
I wanted to be a WRITER. Not someone who writes. If that makes any sense. People may think that writing is writing. But in my opinion, the journalistic way of writing is almost like solving a really complicated math formula.
The commas and quotations have specific places they need to go. The sentences need to be short and to the point. Colourful language and purple phrasing is frowned upon for succinct and direct graphs.
At 19 years old, the idea of having to memorize these rules and abide by a certain sentence structure, was completely suffocating. I wanted nothing to do with it.
To make a short story long, I'm back at school this year finishing off my last year. I have a little less than five weeks left in the semester and then after that I have my last semester that's going to include an internship! I'm loving life now. I think the four years I spent away has given me an appreciation for journalism that I never had before. I never go to school and wish I was doing something else. I'm getting all my homework done, all the time and am totally soaking it all up.
I guess the reason why I wanted to tell you all this is because throughout this semester, I've been writing for the Algonquin Times, which is our school newspaper.
We also have a pretty rad website for our paper this year and I thought I'd share with you some links to some of the stories I've written!
Ottawa Band Off the Floor
Steven Page talks mental health
Pimple problems popped
Saving the world one shoe at a time
Algonquin grad turns internship into busy career