Birthing and the real world
Well it’s been a both and long and short journey, but finally I have found myself birthed from the womb that is instruction and into real world of photojournalism.
Last month was a whirlwind of activity. Finishing up last assignments at college, then moving a short distance away to Kingston to complete my three-week placement at the Kingston Whig, having a short vacation in Ottawa, and then driving back to Alberta to start my new job in Whitecourt on May 2.
This is my first week on the job. It’s been an interesting week of failure, assignments falling through, wildfires and localizing the Fort McMurray tragedy. While I was often praised at Loyalist College by my professors for my hard work, dedication, and reliable content output, after being birthed from the protective womb that is college, you realize that there is a lot to learn. I couldn’t think of a better place or position to do this essential growing in.
It’s a small newsroom of one other report besides myself, an intern and my editor (as well as the advertising team of two), and Whitecourt is a very small town. I thought Belleville was awfully small, but this town is a whole 41,000 people smaller. So far it’s not better or worse, it’s just different, as a friend of mine who worked at the same paper as me last summer observed.
I find that I am often very hard on myself, and have high expectations for my work and life. It was a difficult decision to move to Whitecourt, but one that I am happy with. While I don’t plan to produce mediocre results, I know that I am somewhat more safe in learning from my mistakes than I might be at, say, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Toronto Star, or at EDGE in the NWT.
I am ecstatic to be done and over with the drudgery of student summer jobs, and utilizing my diploma to do work that I am passionate about. Thanks to the Whitecourt Star for having me, and for those of you reading this post, you can keep up to date on my upcoming work at http://www.whitecourtstar.com. It is a weekly paper, and it comes out every Wednesday.