I love journalism. I suppose that’s one of the reasons why I’m writing this column as well as studying journalism at Indiana University.
I’m focusing on my love of journalism for this week’s column because at the beginning of the semester, I was ready to be done. I was tired of textbooks, papers and homework assignments that just seemed so unimportant all of a sudden.
Advice from others said it was the winter blues or the fact that I’m getting ready to graduate soon so there’s one foot in the door and one on the way out. I didn't know what was causing these feelings, but it made me nervous. I didn't have a back up plan. I didn't know what else I could possibly imagine doing with my life.
This month changed all that and reminded me why I love what I do and why I would never do anything else.
First, I got to interview Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan for a story. No matter what side of the debate you fall on, I think he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He also happens to be from Munster and has a similar educational background as me (St. Thomas More, Munster High School, journalism major at IU). He was just so easy to talk to and had so many stories to share.
That’s one reason I fell back in love with journalism. People are so fascinating, and everyone has a story to tell. It’s just taking the time to listen (and take notes, of course) to find out what their story is.
I had another monumental journalism moment. Two in one week sure sounds like a sign from a higher power, if you ask me.
I’m working on another story about the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour. John Mellencamp and his mother were the people behind this center, so my professor challenged me (Thanks, Nancy!) to get a quote from Mr. Mellencamp himself. I was doubtful, but I emailed his publicist explaining the story and asking for a quote.
About 12 hours before my story was due, an email appeared in my inbox from Mellencamp’s publicist with a statement from Mellencamp that I could use. Needless to say, my inbox has never felt so cool. This just showed me that no one is off limits, and it never hurts to ask. Also, professors can be pretty great advisors as well.
Moral of the story: I still love journalism and talking to people and telling stories. I hope I always get to do this in some capacity during my life.