Well, I managed to get through my first attempt at covering a local event as a journalist.I actually enjoyed the experience - although I found it daunting to start with. Everyone was so welcoming and willing to be interviewed. And I made it (by accident) onto Central News, a local TV news programme! I didn't see it but my dad told me I was on. I was taking photographs of the Special Olympics team, apparently!
It's certainly been an interesting experience for me but I was surprised how tiring it was. I'm shattered now! I felt a bit lost when I first got there but once I got into the swing of it and got chatting to a few people I was well away. I was intimidated by the 'proper' journalists there with their big fancy cameras - they looked so professional, and there's me with my little camera! But I still managed to get lots of good photos and I'm quite proud of how much info I got. Not bad for my first attempt.
I managed to get a lot of info and interviews with competitors and organisers so I'm sure I can get a couple of articles out of it. I have also been invited to other events which I will follow up on. Today has really fired me up with enthusiasm and I'm determined to go and do more of this kind of writing and see how far I get! I might not get anything published but I'm learning all the time and today has been such a positive experience.
Go on. Get out there and do something different - it could get you published and highlight/give much needed publicity to a number of different events/causes.
I have so much writing work to do now that I don't know where to start! What have I let myself in for?!