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  • I enrolled in Beat Reporting during the summer entering my Junior year with minimal journalism experience. I had a fear of branching out to interview people and found myself constantly resenting the course during my first few assignments. The final straw was during a court story. I was tying to write a piece about the Boston Police and everyone I reached out to stonewalled me or ignored me, multiple times! Distraught, I constantly wondered if I was cut out for this life path or if this major was for me. After the paper I patched together was submitted, I realized that the next few assignments could only improve and I would not have to go through an experience like that again, hopefully.

    Sitting in Edward's Playground at the end of May during my first dispatch story, I was filled with excitement and enthusiasm. Following the Police Story, I desperately wanted to feel that again because that was something that I was passionate about. I knew that in order to find my feet as a reporter I had to indulge in stories outside my comfort zone. Fortunately enough for me, I hit a personal jackpot with a final story idea. The roller rink at Edward's Playground was constantly filled with people and was home to some famous names in the hockey world. Being a sports fanatic, I chased the story about the uprise of a community and three boys who exceeded all expectations. While it is still in the works, the chance to report this story makes the negative memories worth it.

    Finally, I had a way to feel comfortable asking people about their opinions on a topic within Charlestown. I asked and people were willing to spew information about the excitement these kids have caused and the role models they have turned into for the younger kids. While I still feel jitters walking into a new place, I realized that the potential improvement as a reporter far outweighs the fear I had entering the course.

    Beat Reporting is a demanding course that requires a lot of time but, fortunately enough I had 10 classmates that were going through the same struggles. One way or another we helped each other consistently throughout the course and I thank them for their help. Looking back on the Police Story it almost seems childish that I was able to get so worked up over a bump in the road. Which makes me realize, if I was able to show so much emotion towards something I struggled with, maybe it shows that I picked a path that will forever keep me interested. I understand that not every story will the be same and some stories will take unexpected turns. However, practice makes perfect and constant improvement is something I will strive to do realizing that Beat Reporting is almost in my rear view mirror. It was a grueling six weeks but it was an experience that I definitely needed to understand what being a good reporter is all about.
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