Sadly, this is my last blog post for Border Beat. The semester (aka: the final days of my college career) is coming to an end, and I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect upon my experiences writing for an online student publication.
I’ve learned a lot in Jay Rochlin’s class. First off, I never knew how to blog. I definitely think this a very beneficial skill, and one that will be regarded as important during my job search (which is currently taking place).
I also learned how to cover a live event, using http://www.coveritlive.com/, which I never knew was possible.
My multi-media skills have really improved. I was a little nervous to use them in my beginning stories, because I never really learned how. In my final project, I had a small audio section, and a short video. My stories and projects could have been a lot stronger had I worked on those skills earlier in the semester.
I think that a few of the stories I have written for Border Beat turned out really well, better than I had expected. Brett, the editor-in-chief told me that he “underestimated me.” I think I have realized that writing profiles is my area of strength. I began writing profiles in features class, also taught by Jay, and I really like learning about interesting people.
Border Beat gave me the opportunity to do a profile on Sam, a guy who traveled throughout the Middle East, Sylvia, a therapist who’s heritage is rooted beyond the border of Mexico, and Dolores, the president of the Society for Crypto-Judaic studies.
All of these people had amazing life stories, and I love that Border Beat allowed me to explore what they had to offer.
I want to thank Jay, for reminding me why I chose journalism as my major. There are A LOT of things about the journalism program and the U of A that I would change, to say the least. It wasn’t until last semester that I realized writing and reporting was no longer a chore. He gives his students so much freedom to write about things that interest us. Although the class is called “Border” beat, he has a very broad definition of the “border” and because of this, his students have produced incredible, unique stories.
This is Jay’s last semester, and I think I can speak for all of his students when I say he will definitely be missed. I feel sad for the younger students in the journalism program that won’t be able to have him as a professor.
This Friday, May 4th, we are having a Border Beat party at Jay’s house. It will be nice to all get together one last time, as most of us will be graduating in two weeks. We have all worked very interactively during the semester. The party will be catered by Mr. K’s BBQ, which I’ve heard is delicious.
Make sure to check out amazing stories by UA’s journalism students at www.borderbeat.net.