What is this?

Disclaimer:  the views I express on this site are forever and always my own and never of my employer.

A spur of the moment idea I had to start a blog about starting my journalism career. I recently just graduated from Central Connecticut State University and I want to blog my experience as a reporter in the real world.

My first real job is a full-time position at the Chronicle, in Willimantic, CT. I started after the New Year and I want to have a blog to highlight what I will be doing, what I’m thinking at the time and try to keep myself sane as I immerse myself in real hard news.

Let me know what you think.



10 Responses to What is this?

  1. Just found your blog after I started my own. I’m about to start work as a reporter as well and will be documenting the experience of what it is like to be a young reporter. I look forward to seeing how our experiences compare. Best of luck to you!

    • Hi,

      Good Luck! to you, too. I’m so nervous! haha

      Do you know what your beat is?


      • Thanks. I’m going to be covering a lot of wellness and health related news in addition to general news coverage. I’m nervous, but excited at the same time. Right now, mainly nervous.

      • Hey,

        I’m WICKED nervous. I know what I need to do, but I don’t know what to expect, if that makes sense. With health coverage there is always something going on, so that will definitely be fun.

        When do you start?


  2. I start tomorrow! To put it lightly, I’m shaking in my boots. I graduated from college this December and I know I’m going to be the youngest one in the office. And yes, I know what you mean about knowing what you need to do and then not knowing what to expect. I did freelance work in college for the paper I’ll be working at soon and I’m familiar with the staff and such, but I’m still wondering what the expectation levels will be once I’m actually in the thick of it and working there. I’m starting out part-time, too, so that makes it interesting. I decided not to go with a job in another city and take a chance with this one for the experience and the city. When do you start? I hope that we both, to put it lightly, kick some serious journalistic ass. Any idea what your beat will be?

  3. Hey,

    Oh wow! that’s exciting. I graduated this December, too. It’s a really weird feeling to be done with higher education.

    That’s really good that you’ve worked at that paper before and know a lot of the people you are going to be working with.

    The whole expectations thing is eating at me, too. It’s nerve-racking and I would love for it to be more clear cut.

    I also turned down a job in another town. I didn’t know the area and the job was more business reporting. I’ll be covering a couple of towns that I already know pretty well, along with general assignment stuff and whatever the other reporters can’t cover.

    I start Wednesday and I’m so worried, but I know I shouldn’t be. It’s going to be so much fun.

    We will kick some ass and I think I can pretty much guarantee it.

    Shouldn’t you be asleep? Ha


  4. Sleep? What’s that? Ha! Just kidding. I’m going to head off to sleep soon so that I’m well-rested for tomorrow, I’ve just been having a hard time turning off my brain tonight. I look forward to reading your posts and staying in touch as we both navigate our way through these humble beginnings as young journalists. We’ve got this.

    • I need to get into a rhythym for Wednesday. I’m going to have to wake up at 6 a.m. and be there for 7…not going to be easy.

      It’s nice to have someone going through the exact same thing as I am. I appreciate the kind words. I, too, am looking forward to reading you posts and keeping us both on our toes as we jump into the real world of news/journalism.

      Thanks again. And Good Luck!


  5. Frances Ricci says:

    It’s interesting to read comments from both of you—-I’ll continue to read your posts

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