Obligatory Post about the New Year

That’s it–I’m caving in.

This won’t be a long post. Plus, I don’t think anyone reads my blog. Sad, isn’t it?

Anyways, I read a post on Stuff Journalists Like. I like their blog because their posts are always funny and true. They decided to do a small list of what journalists hope to do or to stop doing in the coming year:

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to blog/write
  • Dinner can’t be anything that can be ordered by the number or in a drive-thru
  • Quit smoking (unless accompanied by drinking)
  • Work on making bar tab less than rent
  • Drink less at work
  • Do not quote a press release in a story
  • Stop sleeping with that spokesman (and/or woman)
  • Learn all of your editor’s grammar pet peeves
  • Get serious about writing that book
  • Actually read some reader email
  • Find all those “unreported” stories
  • Do more investigative/enterprise reporting
  • Change the world for good (or at least your community)
  • Be less of a slob
  • Get ahead of the story
  • Break the story best, not just first
  • Stop eating lunch at desk while editing
  • Not to be on twitter at 2 a.m.
  • Get the word “bamboozled” into print
  • Appreciate the fact that you still have a job in journalism

I agree with all that applies to me (especially ‘be less of a slob’). Bravo. I feel happy to know that other journalists are just as crazy as I am. However, I think another one I would add to the list is: Piss off the administration. Excuse my language, but it’s something I hope to do. I won’t do it if it’s unnecessary, but I’m hoping to call the administration out on their downfalls. It’s time that I stop being a timid, scared little sophomore who wants to please with soft news. It’s time that I get real.

Things I’m looking forward to:

Finding an internship/job in New York. It’s the place to be, baby.

Getting more scholarships. My school is definitely not cheap.

Writing a novel. I want to do this before I’m old and looking back at things I should have done, but didn’t.

Completely redesigning The Mirror. It needs a little updating. Plus, I want to show the higher ups that I am completely dedicated to the campus newspaper.

Going to CMA/CBI Spring College Media Convention in March 2012. I had a lot of fun last year and I learned a lot of valuable lessons.

That’s a lot to do, but I know I’ll get them done.

I always do.

Happy New Year, everyone.


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