Creativity. Perfection. Speed.
Mastering any of these is a challenge, yet journalism majors are called to do all three. We are constantly coming up with new ideas or concepts that have to be backed up with concrete facts and written in a flawless style. Then we race to publish it before anyone has the chance to beat us to it. Add those three talents to other skills journalists have to be proficient in, and we have a lot on our plate!
As an intern, trying to juggle creativity, perfection and speed is daunting. We are still just getting our feet wet and testing our education. During the first few weeks of my internship, it seemed every time I would get one skill down, the others would suffer.
However, in the short time I’ve invested in news writing, I’ve already noticed things I used to stress over are now just a normal part of my day. Sure, new situations are always being hurled my way and my talents are constantly being challenged, but I’m building a base of skills. If I look back at how little I knew for my first Gateway project, I know I’ve become intensely more creative, detail-orientated and quick since then.
Learning and balancing new skills at a job is challenging, but possible. One article gives some tips for learning new skills quickly, like setting a goal, breaking up the skill, and removing barriers to practice it.
So this week, don’t let new tasks or pressures freak you out. See it as a chance to improve and take your game to the next level. Remember, you’re here to learn. Also, whatever the challenges of being a journalism major are, they can also be why we chose our professions to begin with.