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August 27, 2009

I’m beat. I’m just about done with the first week of classes, but before that I spent two weeks in intense RA training.

Recuperation will come post graduation (hopefully) is my motto!

Anyway, back to my Student Multimedia Project experience! Now that I’ve completed the project I’m now literally an “NABJ Baby” (it’s what they call us, really!). I’m not going to do my original plan of a series but give an overall summary of the experience.

I learned/witnessed a great deal, and I’m afraid nothing I write will do it much justice. I’ve said this before, but I’m hitting the books once again when it comes to front-end internet development. Web design, web producing, content management…ect…doesn’t seem to be too high on anyone’s list of priorities in lieu of its obvious importance. I understand that I’m a bit of a computer geek as it is, but I think journalism has the potential to be even more progressive than it already is.

Okay, with all of that said I will say that I most appreciated the around the clock crunch time. Whenever I tell people I have intentions on becoming a journalist, they usually balk at the “newsiness” of news. You never truly get a break from it, and even with my experience in student media I still often go to class thinking about what’s happening in the news room or how my producing will go that day. In short, I love it. Not having a 9-to-5 doesn’t bother me in the least bit. I was a hybrid NABJ-B, dabbling in a bit of everything from the web to broadcast to print and, quite frankly, it would be impossible to get me to do otherwise.

What I appreciated most about the project itself is meeting so many new people. I’m already looking to coming back next year. We worked and played together, and even though there was a collective sigh of relief when it was over with (and intermittent yawns from lack of sleep!) I itched to get back to work not more than 10 minutes after my plane left Tampa.

That’s about it! It was certainly one of those things you had to be there for to get a full gist of it. Next year when I return (hopefully, I’m applying again) I’ll be sure to try and give a day-to-day update of what I’m doing for a broader scope of it.

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