7 reasons why Journalism is an exhausting but awesome course
Editor’s note: Donna Estrada submitted her following personal story to Global Young Voices. You too can submit yours to us here.
“All you do is write, write, write. Aren’t you tired of it?”
Yes, but no. We don’t feel trapped in a world full of articles because for us, it’s actually something magical.
Back in college, one of our Journalism professors asked us: what are the two words that best describe the students who study Journalism? My classmates and I enthusiastically answered: awesome and exhausted. So, here are some of the reasons why studying Journalism can be both awesome and exhausting at the same time: You get to learn new things outside the byline. Yes, pun intended. There are things that we’re not familiar with but, due to the extensive study and research, we get to know some details about the history of the reports we are working on.
We do not just apply the communication and media theory to support the background of our thesis or research but we can also apply it to the realities of life. We get to understand why we are experiencing such things. And yes, we have a study that could support our arguments. Isn’t it cool?
Deadline means deadline - Or else we’ll end up having a dead grade. Have you ever experienced scheduling an interview but end up receiving an e-mail that says the interview got canceled because your interviewee needs to do some important task? If not, well good for you. In journalism, time matters a lot. We need to submit articles before the topics stop being breaking news.
Free pass, free food - We get to be invited to events that we like (for the awesome part) but also hate (for the exhausting part). Either way, we would still experience all the madness for free, but at least we get to go near the stars of the show, because the label under our name states “media”. Sometimes, we get to attend a conference which has an additional free meal afterwards. I remember going to an event when I was an intern, and aside from the fact that I was fed with information, my stomach was also fed with good food.
Long walk yet shorter talk - How would you feel if you’ve walked a considerable distance only to get information that isn’t even longer than two minutes or the words that composed almost half of your recordings were “uhms” and complete silence?
Listening to your awful voice - We always have that cringing moment where we get to transcribe our audio recording which not only includes our interviewee’s voice but our own voice as well. The worst is when we’re asked to make a video blog and we need to talk to the video camera and when we’re already in the middle of editing, we’ll realize that our face doesn’t match with our voice. So, we end up muting the audio after rendering the videos.
We don’t allow prejudices - We meet different types of people everyday and we like to get to know them without throwing any type of prejudice. In this field, we don’t get to choose our own piece. We might end up going to the Psychiatric hospital or to Prison and we still have to treat everyone the same. Actually, by listening to our interviewees’ stories, we get to know ourselves deeper and this is definitely something that we don’t learn in school.
We’re the ultimate full package - Not really, but getting there. We’re not just students majoring in journalism. We are also students who write, shoot videos and edit them for our film art subject, that needs to be transcribed and submitted. People think that we’re just into writing, well, news flash, we can do more than that.
Are you a journalism major too? Are you tired of all the generalizations and stereotypes that people have been forcing on us? We can write other people’s stories, but we’ll even volunteer to be the director, the cameraman, and the video editor all at once. It’s sad that we get to be belittled by others but however you might feel about your course, may it be exhausting or awesome, as long as it makes you happy, other people’s opinions won’t matter anymore
Cover cartoon credit: Sergio Algeri/GYV