Working in a Newsroom Part 2

For my first post on the realities of working in a newsroom click here.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did. And trust me when I tell you that I’ve been that tired.

Prepare to be Tired

I don’t sleep that much as it is, but being a journalist you will have to get used to not sleeping. Breaking news doesn’t care what time it is, how tired you may be, what time it is or if you just sat down.

Being a morning paper, which I think is uncommon in today’s world, we have a morning deadline, while still covering our towns’ meetings at night. I still nap a bit each week, but I’m really trying to fight that habit. My schedule varies each week. Some meetings go longer than others. Just this week I had two meetings, on the same day, each be 2.5 hours. That’s a long day. I’ve gotten used to it and it’s been pretty good so far.

Some people also have a hard time getting used to waking up early. It took me a couple weeks to get used to it, but, now, I can’t sleep past 8 a.m. on the weekends. It’s not too bad because it keeps me on my schedule. It is kind of weird being up that early on the weekends. Twitter is slow and I usually just blog.

This is just another thing to think about when you are getting into the field.

Be Organized

In college, I used one notebook each semester. Each notebook would have my notes from all five classes in it. It was a mess.

Not being able to find something is a terrible feeling, especially if you saw it the day before. It can sometimes make, or break, a story from being finished. It’s also translates into your regular daily life. If you keep everything organized, it will keep you organized. I wish you could see the stack of newspapers on my desk. I’m organized, to an extent.

Transitioning into the real world, I have a filing system now. Each piece of paper that I get is put into a folder in my “Frankenstein-like” filing system. I have to. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve misplaced papers and found them, thanks to my filing system.

Also, I’ve started organizing all of my notebooks. They are all in a drawer in my desk, in no specific order. I’ve already gone through about 34 notebooks since January. Keep in mind that, I go to a lot of board meetings and a lot of interviews outside the newsroom. My first week here, I was told to keep all of my notebooks for two years. If a source ever has a problem with something I’ve written, I can always go back and tell them exactly what they said from my notes.

Being organized simply reduces stress levels for everyone and is a good habit to start early.

-This post is one of many on the realities of working in a newsroom.-

Jonathan

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