Given many different experiences to learn from
Caitlin O’Halloran – Reporter
Becoming a journalism major is one decision that I am truly most proud of. Going into college, I did not know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do something with writing.
I wanted to be able to write and have it had a positive outcome in some way. That specific factor is what led me to realize. I wanted to do journalism, because through that, in some way and at some point, I might be able to help people.
Then, once I finally chose journalism, I learned all the things that it took to be a good journalist and in learning everything about it, I just loved it.
Then in my senior year, I was told that I should try and work for the campus newspaper and I decided to give it a go. It was such a great experience for me because it was different compared to the type of assignments I had to do for my classes.
I got to apply all the skills I learned in class in a more serious manner. I got to go out and report on all different topics, ranging from news, feature stories to entertainment stories and I truly just loved doing all of it.
It was such a great experience for me to be able to take everything that I learned and use that information and put it to work by going out and reporting about important events and situations happening on campus.
Another thing I really loved about it was that when I interviewed some of my sources about an event that their organization was holding, I would get told how exciting it was to be able to put that information out to the campus community and to help spread the word about these organizations and all the things that they do and to try to get more students involved in those events.
Joining the Southern News helped my wish to somehow do something good and positive through writing come true because I was able to give certain groups and organizations the attention and praise that they deserved.
There is so much that I have learned from reporting for the news, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I got by being able to join all the other great people who made the newspaper what it is. I have learned so much from the feedback I would receive on articles and having to do the work by a deadline as it helped to set me up for when I go and become a reporter later in life.
There are so many things that I am taking away from writing for the news, and I know that all of it has helped to prepare me for when I graduate and get a job as a reporter.