- There is nothing like seeing your name in a byline, whether it’s in print or online.
- You’ll learn how to network as you build source relationships.
- You can’t learn journalism without practicing journalism.
- You’ll get to know people, and not just in a superficial way. You’ll really know them.
- There will be conflict, and you’ll learn how to deal with it in a professional way.
- You’ll do something, make something, be a part of something that is bigger than you. Continue reading
I did not win the 2000 South Carolina State Spelling Bee. I lost to a home schooled kid who asked for a definition and a use-it-in-a-sentence-please for every single word. He went to Washington D.C. and I went back to my fifth grade classroom, where I kept my eyes firmly focused on the grainy gray carpet as a bunch of catty ten-year-old voices asked, “Why didn’t you win?”
I haven’t thought about spelling bees in a long time. But when I wrote a preview of Appalachian’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” I knew I was going. The whole spelling bee thing is crazy, honestly. It’s a bunch of adults putting a bunch of kids onstage and telling them that if they miss one letter they lose. Try dealing with that in an emotionally stable way at 10 years old.
I wanted to see if “Putnam County” got it right. And in a lot of ways, it did. Here are five things the production – a Tony winner described by The Washington Post as “a letter-perfect sendup” – understood about spelling bees (and life). Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I had 30 minutes to write an opinion article.
This doesn’t happen to me too often. I write all the time, but rarely on a deadline tighter than 24 hours. It was the Sunday after spring break, though, and the opinion I’d signed up for had slipped my mind entirely.
So when I checked my voicemail and heard one of our associate editors’ voices wondering patiently where my opinion was, the panic kicked in. Thankfully, I was quickly able to find the kind of topic that makes opinion writing easy – a topic that you’re solidly, certainly upset about. Continue reading