Amanda Cochran, who was a student in my freshman composition class not too many years ago, went on to be the editor-in-chief of the student paper, and is now in grad school at NYU. She writes about taking on an assignment on short notice.
I was nominated to cover the story yesterday by one of my professors, and just on a whim, I said yes because the press credential online option was closing down and I was one of the only people in my class available to sign up.
So I did.
It wasn’t just any assignment… she was to cover Hillary Clinton’s Super Tuesday campaign party, and then report live on the NYU Tonight broadcast. Minimal time to prepare; a chaotic environment; a pressing deadline; competition with a pack of dedicated professionals; then the added pressure of delivering the report live. What did she have to say when it was all over?
God, I love journalism.
Update: added screenshot via this entry.