I was in the office for an hour. That hour I got to know some of the staff writers and my desk before being flung into a story. I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn into anything at first. Then, I kept talking to my source hearing her story and finding out more information. By noon I had filed it. I continued to update it with any more information I had. But man, did it feel good to have my first story under my belt right away on the first day, and within the first few hours.
I spent two days driving. It was a tough two days. I did between 16-19 hours on May 31 (I can’t really remember the exact count/the time zone change threw me off), and then about 6 hours on June 1. I arrived in Roanoke Rapids around suppertime on June 1. I was excited to be in town. It’s incredibly different from New Ulm or Des Moines, but I’m glad to call it my home for the summer.
So far, I’ve been working on a few stories. I’ve written two. One has already been published; the other is ready for Wednesday’s paper.
One thing I have to get accustomed to though — working at an afternoon newspaper. When I go to work in the morning, the paper hasn’t been published. There are pages sitting at my desk waiting for me to look over and edit them.
Right now, I’m off to a steady start. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Stay tuned for more stories, thoughts and concerns.