Well, it has been quite a busy week for me this week! And a very positive week.
Now, it seems almost imaginable that a little over a year ago I had very little interest in journalism beyond a little writing experience to help me to get my fiction published. I have to laugh a little at how quickly my life goals have changed and how dedicated I am now to achieving that.
I mentioned last week how I saw myself as a journalist for the first time that week, and it’s really not an understatement. I lay in bed after pulling an all-nighter to report on a race for e-racing.net, pretty much exhausted and about to drop dead, with my phone beside me going off every half a minute. That was the exact moment I realised I was a journalist.
This week, I was offered a more senior role at e-racing.net, which I gladly accepted. I’ve worked for the website for a little over a year now (before I even really considered a career in journalism) and I’m very proud of the website. I love writing for it and helping it grow and I love that I’ve grown as a journalist enough for my editor to trust me with a more senior role.
Even in just the couple of months since starting this journalism course at the University of Winchester I can see how much better my writing has become. In news writing lectures I’m collecting tips and tricks that I can see improving my work. Last week, my lecturer stood behind me as I wrote the beginning to a news story for the lecture and asked me how I knew a certain fact. I was able to point to the fact in the press release we’d been given. On Monday, whilst writing for the website, I recalled that moment and avoided an embarrassing error. The course isn’t a total waste of £27000!
No, I really do love the course and I think I made the right choice last winter to move away from geophysical sciences. I feel at home in journalism and I feel like I can get career in the future I would be happy with.
Just this weekend, I applied for and was offered the role of BTCC reporter for a new motorsports website. I accepted it, of course, and am very excited for next year when the series comes back!
With all that going on, I haven’t been able to do much fiction writing this week, but have done a little. It’s a lot easier to come up with ideas than it is to write them down. But now that I’m in control of everything going on in my life, I should be able to get some fiction writing before the end of the year!