Well as Nelly Furtado said once in a song "All good things must come to an end."I know she is not the first person to say it but she was the first example I could think remember. I don't even listen to Nelly Furtado's music. Anyway, it is my last day here at the JFP and I must say that this summer has possibly been one of the best and most productive summers I have ever had.
I have had the chance to met other talented and driven interns who one day I would love to have the pleasure of working with in the future. I have learned a lot about the business, more than I have learned in my classes in school and probably more than I will ever learn. I might be able to teach them a thing or two when I get to class. My experiences here kind of solidified my career choice in a sense. I was slightly on the fence about whether or not I was going into the journalism business after everything I had heard from people including my parents. Things like "you will never get a job"or "journalism is a fading career pick something more promising." After interning here I have realized that there is nothing fading about this career and it is very promising. I have inteviewed several people during my summer here and with each one of them I felt I grew as a reporter. However, there were some that stuck out to me.
One was my interview with Graham Downey at Food Corp for the Jacksonian. The major reason this one stuck out to me is because it was my first interview EVER. I was nervous. I was anxious. I was ready to get it over with so I could go home back to my bubble. But once I got into the interview asking Graham questions and listening to his answers; watching his face light up as he talked about what he was doing, I became comfortable. I enjoyed interviewing a realized I was good at talking to people I did not know, it was not scary.
My next favorite was when I talked to the actors and the director from the Mississippi Murder Mysteries. It was nice getting to know the cast and finding out how they got started, but the best part was when they showed me the play. During the play they handed me a script and let me be apart of it. That was much better than just talking to them about it and seeing them act out the scenes. Getting involved in what they were passionate about made the interview more personal and a lot more interesting.
The one interview that I really enjoyed is possibly the shortest one I have ever done but it was the most memorable. I went to the abortion clinic to interview someone from the health department, but who I got was much better, Diane Derzis. Before I got a chance to even get inside the clinic I was greeted by a lady who asked me "Can I help you?" I was a little shocked at first and began debating in my head whether or not she worked there or was one of the many protesters. Once I decided she was a protester that was when I started thinking about telling her I was coming to visit my doctor here to see if she would attempt to teach me the error of my ways, but I remembered a workshop we had on journalistic integrity and decided to just tell her the truth.
Once inside, I talked for eight minutes with Derzis and that was the best eight minute interview ever. She was so open and honest about her feelings. She did not sugar coat about the situation at hand whether she was talking about the protesters, her business, or her feelings on Gov. Bryant. That conversation drew me into the cause of keeping this clinic open. Before I went I was not really big on the abortion issue I just knew my stance on the issue was pro-choice. I am not sure whethere it was my love for being involved in all things controversial or it was her personality but she had me interested.
Like I said I have learned so much from the people and my experiences here at JFP. From the reporters like Jacob and Ryan to the editors like Briana, Kathleen, Ronni, and Donna to my fellow interns I have gained a lot. I thank all of you for everything teaching me how to be a better writer and helping me grow as a person. I will miss every one of you and I can not wait to work with you in the future because we will...oh we will.:) Now let me stop this before I start crying...again. BYE!!!