05 August 2011

An epiphany

I am finding it slightly hard to believe that we have been immersed in the world of PMA for four weeks now. Where did the time go?

I had my 'moment' this week. Yesterday in fact. I am now a journalist.

I realised this when I called somebody, left a message, emailed them and called again, without even hesitating. I wanted my interview and I was going to get it. Two weeks ago I would have hyperventilated at the thought of being so pushy! That isn't to say I don't still get nervous, I'd much rather the quotes came into my head through telepathy to be honest. It would save a lot of time too.

High Street Business is coming on nicely. Everybody is getting on with their features and the news is trickling in. I'm feeling calm about it at the moment but I sense it may be a different story this time next week......

We've been learning to sub this week. I never would have thought there was so much involved...I thought it was a bit of proofreading, correcting the odd typo here and there and boom. Done.

Not the case. I won't bore you with the details but there is a LOT to keep in mind. I really liked it though, I wouldn't mind being a sub-editor one day.....I think it appeals to my perfectionist streak.

I also passed my 60wpm shorthand this week - that was my aim for the end of the course so I am really quite pleased. The feeling reminds me of getting my KiteKat badges at gymnastics when I was little (anyone else remember those?)

My proudest moment of the week though has to be Roberta telling me today that she thinks I should try and sell one of my features to a magazine. The only thing I have ever had published is a cheerleading competition report in my student newspaper, and my blog, but I don't think that counts. So to be told that my work is good enough for real-life people who aren't my tutors to read is a huuuuge confidence boost.

It's official. I'm a journalist. PMA is working.

Here is a video to remind you what we are missing while cooped up in the bubble.


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