For anyone who may have glimpsed my angsty rant a few weeks ago this will come as. potentially, good news.
I have a real life reporter job! No, not freelancing, an actually full time gig that is semi-close.
I started at the Batavia Daily News this week as the Orleans county reporter and so many stereotypical reporter things have already happened to me (besides letting my freelance work backup), not finding out about cancelled meetings until I get there, sources not getting back to me, having to stay late because we needed more content, etc. I’m actually pretty excited to cover all the town meetings, local government is pretty damn interesting if you actually pay attention. I say that now, what with it being all new and shiny, but I think it’s still a good and very much needed change, regardless of how it turns out.
I did get a few random pictures this week too, how about that? On my way back to the office from one of my cancelled town meetings I saw a bunch of trucks with blue flashing lights pass me so I pulled a U turn after about a minute when it suddenly dawned on me that I’m a reporter now. Come to find it was some shoddy electrical in an apartment complex and turned out to be nothing, but I still had to wait nearly an hour to find that out. But, I did pull out my camera just in case.
Then, on the night I had to stay late to gather some extra stories, there was this TOTALLY EPIC sunset. Seriously, my pictures don’t do it justice. I took them while I was stopped at a railroad crossing waiting for a blessedly long train to pass.
I think I wrote six stories total for BDN, two for RBJ. Overall, I’d say it was a successful first week.