Posts Tagged ‘Deadline’
Note: this post was written on June 6, as I was wrapping up the reporting of my second story.
Everyone I meet here, I expect to become a source, one way or another. Whether they can directly help me with a comment for a story or put me in touch with another person who can, everyone eventually becomes a source, to some degree. It’s the first time I have really felt like a journalist in that sense.
I’m pretty friendly, and outgoing, but people I meet at home in the states, I don’t perceive them in this way. Maybe they’ll become friends of mine, and I’ll share a beer with one or watch a movie or something of that sort, but I rarely perceive people back home to be sources. Maybe that’s a mistake. Maybe there’s a reason though; in the states, I don’t have steady work. I don’t write news stories on a regular basis. Here in Jordan, both last year and now, I’m
always constantly thinking about my stories. There are nights that I wake up sweating, freaking out that I missed an interview.
I have a completely different mindset here. I’m always on the lookout, on the hunt for sources, hoping to get that next great quote, the one that will make the story. Cab drivers, lay people in the city streets, my host family, my friends’ host families, guest lecturers at SIT. When I say always hunting for sources, I mean it. And it pays off. A cab driver I met last night works during the day as a nurse at a hospital here in Amman. Today, I gave his number to Christina, who is working on a story about mental healthcare and treatment in Jordanian asylums, as they’re still called here. And many others I have met and networked with have assisted me, somehow, either directly or indirectly. I think I need to take this mindset back to the states with me. Hopefully, I won’t have to tell US customs about it…
And maybe I need to find a place I can freelance on a regular basis, first, before I can hunt for sources stateside. I guess only time will tell how this new attitude plays out for me and my career.
I’m glad that I was drudging through my own notes across the table when this was happening.
I am the photographer that captured these (quite spectacular, no?) images while Matt and Melissa were writing their story, and in the process creating some scary memories. “Remember that time at SIT when we sat in front of our computers for 15 hours?” So much left to do, and deadlines to meet, and so little time.
Well, I feel just about the same. So much left to do, and to see, and so little (working) time. Sure, we have two weeks left. But for five days, beginning on Monday, we will be extensively traveling to Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and other sites throughout the Kingdom. All these field trips are seriously cutting into my writing and reporting time. My roommie Matty K2D2 and Jim Carrey sum up my feelings…