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Reflections on being a journalist...

I didnt realize how hard this assignment was going to be until I procrastinated and realized that my procrastination was about my fear of failing at the assignment. I knew from the beginning who I wanted to interview and I felt confident after I read all material, I did my research wrote my questions and even set up an interview early in the month and then I made a million excuses everytime I was going to meet with her. Finally, we could not meet and I had to find someone else.
Things happen for a reason I guess becuase I chose someone real special to write about.

I want nervous about writing about her, I just didnt know how to put all the I knew about her to the side and go into the interview objectively. So, I did the same research I would would anyone else and I created some questions. It was really hard not to add what I knew or ask questions to push the interview my way. I really wanted to make sure I captured her not my opinion of her and I had to be real careful that I did not add the profile things she did not say but that I knew.

I found myself laughing because I was so nervous, I asked her too many times to wait let me get it together and then I would judge myself adn say thankgod I know her becuase I could not do this with someone else.

After I got over it, I really breathed and listened. I remembered that I need to be secrptive and so I listened even to the things she was not saying. So for example notice the tears, the silence, what she was wearing etc. I probed for more and to my surprise I found out things i didnt know. It was great to hear her form another perspective.

Writing down everything and multitasking was hard though. I wanted to write down her exact words. That part was cool I could see what quotes I wanted to use and i could see how I wanted to lay out the profile as I wrote. For next time I want leave alot more time to really work the assignment, and have a clear plan as too what I want to say. I felt like i could go everywhere with the profile. I could have been ten pages long.

I also want to utilize my mentor and editorial midwife, i could have really used the support of bringing it all together but I procrstinated and didnt have it ready on time to send it for review.


Iffat Gill's picture

I know the feeling! Nice to

I know the feeling! Nice to read about your reflections. Although I was hindered by my travels and sickness but I know the feeling of basing my research on someone else and then ending up writing about someone else. It is a good thing to have a back-up and it helped me in making it in time for the deadline, although I was behind the schedule for submitting it to my editor. It did kinda work out in the end.

All the best.

Iffat Gill

Nusrat Ara's picture

You will get better with each

You will get better with each interview. Just start believing in yourself and you will find it all easy.
And I can guess you are a quick learner.



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