August 2, 2005

Amanda vs. The Clockinator

My one-week fight against the clock began yesterday.

At one moment words seem to be brimming over, and the next, my cup is bone-dry. The Trib Newsroom is a tough place.

A police scanner chucks out garbled nonsense all day long, writers talk about their stories and where they are and what they plan on doing, and a television screen scrolls out the stories of the day unabatedly.

And there I sit with two sentences--one of them a pathetic lead and another that seems to resemble a quote, but all is not lost.

I began writing for the daily news yesterday, and I love it. Not only can I feel my feet all day (the AC isn't as gripping), but I am getting an intense newswriting experience with all the distractions of a fully-functioning newsroom.

This summer I was predominantly sequestered from the newsroom chaos with the investigative team in an adjoining office. To tell you the truth, I was frightened, but it's exhilerating!

My stint will last until Friday. I will be working some odd shifts, but that comes with the territory. If I were hired someday in an entry-level position, I would be working here, so this is great experience for what my life would really be like if I were a fledgling reporter.

I was published twice in yesterday's paper. One article didn't get a byline--a police call--but I am still stoked about getting in.

Last week I agonized about getting the articles finished on-time and if I could perform on a daily basis, but I am, and the best part is that my work is published with minimal edits.

Take that clock--I punched you RIGHT IN THE FACE!

Round three starts tomorrow.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at August 2, 2005 10:38 PM | TrackBack

*Ding ding*

In this corner, we have the empress of the early edition, the queen of quotes, the dominator of deadlines... AMANDA.


I'm rooting for ya, babe. ;)

Posted by: ChrisU at August 2, 2005 11:58 PM

Thanks, Chris. I need as many people in my corner as I can get. :)

Posted by: Amanda at August 3, 2005 12:15 AM

If you could only see my big grin...

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at August 3, 2005 8:05 AM


Love grammy

Posted by: joan at August 3, 2005 7:26 PM

Update: The clock got me at 6:00 p.m., but in extra rounds, I came out the victor.

Posted by: Amanda at August 3, 2005 8:32 PM

LOL! Oh yeah... keep punching that clock RIGHT in the FACE. You know you'll do fine, and I know it too.

Flattered you took some time to eat a good lunch with me today :-D Thanks! I feel special that I, too, helped beat the clock.

Posted by: Karissa at August 3, 2005 9:36 PM

You're churning out articles at an impressive rate. Those obituaries will be treasured artifacts for the family members of the deceased.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at August 5, 2005 2:08 PM


Obituaries have been the hardest thing I've done this summer, not because of style, but because of the interviews.

I thought I could conduct a reasonably good interview by now, but these calls really test my ability to connect with people.

Posted by: Amanda at August 5, 2005 3:31 PM
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