So, I know I’ve been bad. I haven’t written a post in FOREVER– or a few months at least. Well, now it’s time to get back into blogging.
My life has changed a lot since my last post. I’m living in Baltimore now and working at WJZ here. I’m producing still and loving it. This newsroom is MUCH more stressful than the last, but it’s all worth it. I’ve been here for almost six months now– I can’t believe it!
I’ve spent these past few months getting to know the area and meeting a lot of new people. My co-workers are awesome and I’ve become close with a lot of them. Baltimore is such a cool city (sorry, Reading). The area I live in is great. I’m surrounded by young professionals, most in their mid to late twenties, like me. I’m two blocks from a huge park, close to lots of restaurants and bars (alcohol is important when you work in news), and on a mostly quiet street. City life is good.
Here’s the new place (a Christmas-time pic):
I’ve also started watching The Wire (since I live in the city, right?). Right now, I’m a few episodes in to season four. Great show if you haven’t seen it.
I wanted to talk a little bit about transitioning to a new newsroom. This is the fourth one I’ve worked in now, so I feel like I have some helpful insight to share. To be honest, it’s challenging. There have been nights here that I’ve cried from the stress. I’ve felt like I couldn’t do this job, and I’ve considered leaving news altogether.
So, how’d I get back to a good place? It sounds cliche, but the key is perseverance and confidence. I had a long chat with my mom and decided I’m not going to give up.
The most challenging part about moving to a new market is getting to know it. I had a great reporting class at Syracuse where I had to fill out an entire packet with local lawmakers’ names, counties, main roads, etc., etc (Thanks, Professor Perry!). When you move to a new city, you have to do research. Sometimes, it’s hard to do that when you’re working full-time, but it’s worth it.
Now, there are things you’re going to come across at work that you can’t research. For example, major court cases the station’s been following. It’s hard to know all of that history and that’s where your co-workers come in. Lean on them. They’ll be ok with it. If they’re not jerks.
I’ve had some really hard days here. Like the day I walked in to work, thinking I was writing for the newscasts, only to find that one of the producers called out sick and I was going to be producing the 6pm show. For the first time. For those of you in news out there, you know every show has its own idiosyncrasies. It’s not easy for a producer to just jump into a show with no training on it. But, I did it and the show was clean. I had a big glass of wine when I got home that night.
Now, here’s where all of those challenges pay off. I’ve already been promoted since being here. My shift is unusual (my days off are Wednesdays and Thursdays), but I get more respect from my co-workers and I’m happier at work– two very important things.
I’ve learned a lot in these past few months– about my job and about myself. This move was the right thing for me and I’m so glad I did it.
Don’t ever be afraid to take a risk, even if you think it’ll be hard work. I know from experience that it does work out in the end.
Much more to come– including some reflection about the crazy people who call the newsroom all the time. We could talk for hours about this, but I’ll limit it to one post 🙂
Thanks for listening and stay tuned…
And this is my new haircut 🙂