The adult journey begins
June 11, 2013 — My passion for journalism developed in the eighth grade. I always found it odd that I found my supposed calling so early in my life, yet I cannot recall why I initially fell in love with the field. But, now, as a recent college graduate and a reporter for The Lassen County Times, I am eager and a little nervous to begin my new life.
As I embark on my first journey as a reporter, and let’s face it, my first journey as an adult, I look forward to meeting, studying and writing about the community in which I have just recently made my home.
I moved to Quincy for high school and became immersed in the small town community, relishing in the perks of close friends, short drives and beautiful scenery.
Although I love Quincy and the surrounding landscapes, my fresh-out-of-school curiosity pushed me to leave the town of 5,000 to explore what the world had to offer – preferably places with coffee shops open past 4 p.m.
I relocated to Oregon, just south of Portland, where I received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from George Fox University. There I studied print journalism and took courses in online reporting, broadcasting, page design, the ever-needed grammar and held the position of features editor for my school newspaper.
Additionally, I received the opportunity to spend my last semester of college studying journalism at the Washington Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., while interning for a D.C. based publication.
The experience was invaluable as it pushed my writing skills, stress levels and reporting accuracy to new heights. I was able to study the field I love with other journalism students representing schools from across the country.
Through my D.C. internship, I covered a wide variety of topics such as features on homeless men and women, city council elections and community events.
Despite loving my experiences in Oregon and D.C., I missed my home and the friendly familiarity that coincided with the community.
I was eager to return.
So, why did I enter journalism? Although I am foggy on the details of my starting desires to enter the career, I now realize, after varying internships and classes, what I love most about reporting the news: the community, the people and the chance to write daily.
Journalism is a career where I have the ability to serve my community and throw myself into activities, clubs and classes with fellow residents. I love meeting people and this occupation amazingly throws me out of my introverted shell.
I realize there is still much for me to learn about the world of journalism and how it influences communities and readers, but I cannot imagine learning the field at any other location.
I am thrilled to start my life here in Susanville and I am thrilled to share stories and news with the residents of Lassen County.