Night Cheese and Sh*t Journalists Say: A Slap-Happy Midterm Post


Yesterday I submitted the final draft of a story that has been giving me hell. It wasn’t incredibly long, about a thousand words. But it was complex. State legislative budgets, health care reform, homelessness, mental health and substance abuse complex. I’ve been trying to sort it all out for weeks and luckily, a few days before deadline, a light bulb came on. I had been staring at the same page of known facts all day, and suddenly, like a loose fluorescent bulb sputtering to life, it made sense. It wasn’t even that complicated, at least it wouldn’t have been if I had asked the right questions.

I was so thrilled to finally know what I was talking about that my first draft came out all roses. A little too rosy. I had forgotten to include some much needed criticisms and it sounded a bit like a government press release. No problems though! I had the material. It was a relatively quick and easy fix. Now the story is done for real and fit to print.

And to be honest, I’m spent. It’s midterms. It’s raining. And I’m tired. I’m gonna celebrate meeting my deadline with my favorite sweatpants and a glass of wine.

Tonight’s post is short and sweet. Goodnight and happy midterms to my follow PDXers 🙂

~Jasmine Rockow

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5 Responses to Night Cheese and Sh*t Journalists Say: A Slap-Happy Midterm Post

  1. Hannah Olson says:

    Jasmine, I hope midterms are going well! Thanks for sharing this experience with us. I look forward to hearing more about this in class and hopefully seeing it in print!

  2. Great to hear a success story! Happy that your experience turned out to be a positive one and that you were able to celebrate with a relaxing night; I’m about to do the same this weekend!

  3. pdxsx says:

    Congrats on your story! That’s really exciting, since I know you’ve been working on it for a while now. Hope you enjoyed the wine! That video was great too.
    ~J

  4. hmartin3 says:

    Congrats on getting that story turned in! There’s nothing better than finally finishing a story that has been pestering you for weeks. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Emily Kirk says:

    Get it girl! Kick *ss and take names as all of my coaches used to say. And also, “Treat yo self!” – Tom and Donna from Parks & Rec. It’s so perfect when that lightbulb turns on and you know exactly how to get something done – happy that happened for you! Cheers!

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