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'Reporter' thinks career could be right choice

Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2003

This morning, I pondered the question: "What would it take to be a journalist?"

Usually people wonder what it would be like if they could be in a different profession, but few actually get a chance to experience one without a huge life change.

Today, I got that opportunity.

Sleepy-eyed and with a cup of orange juice in my hand, I headed for the cafeteria. As soon as I entered the room, my resume was pushed into my hands, and I was led to the corner where a young lady, my employer for the day, waited. After telling me her name, she told me we were on a mission: We were going to write a story for the newspaper. She handed me a notebook and pen with one instruction: start asking questions.

Pen and paper in hand, I wandered around the cafeteria, taking down people's comments. I loved it! After the two of us did a little detective work, we found out where the other kids were job shadowing and headed out to get the "inside story."

It was great. Not only did I get to do my job shadow, but I also got to see bits and pieces of my fellow classmates' job shadows and to hear their opinions of the day.

My notebook filled with people's thoughts, it was time to write. And here I am, sitting, writing, thinking. Is journalism as wonderful as I thought? Would I be willing to do this for a future career?

I can honestly say I have made a decision.

Journalism offers a person the chance to get out into the action instead of hearing about it after the fact. It gives a person firsthand information. Yes, a person can get writer's block and want to throw the computer out the window. But all in all, it can be a fulfilling line of work. Thanks to the job shadow, I have determined that journalism could be the career for me.

Kari Palm is a junior at Kenai Central High School. She spent Wednesday shadowing a reporter with the Peninsula Clarion.



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