Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What I Have Learned

What I Have Learned

A reflection on Issue no. 1
By: Melissa B. Merkler


It's amazing how much new information can be transmitted in a short three week span. First and foremost, I have learned journalism is not creative writing. There aren't any “I, me, you or they” in journalism. Also, "that" should be used sparingly. These two rules have created a huge dent in my writing style-- one that I am trying to embrace. 

I have learned being the editor of the college newspaper is a huge responsibility that does not earn extra credit or have any monetary gain. In fact, I had to pay for this class. In essence I am paying Seminole State to be the editor! 

Additionally, I have come to recognize that I work best under pressure. And I didn't realize how much I missed being a leader. Since my quasi-retirement in 2008 I've had a hard time figuring out who I am and what I should do next. Registering for Journalism 101 has been one of my better decisions in regards to class selections. Being a cash student, I can step out of the rigid course format and take classes that are enjoyable and otherwise out of reach.

I’m extremely excited to learn how to use a Mac computer, new editing programs such as InDesign, and be part of The Seminole Scribe. I hope I will be able to successfully fulfill my duties as editor and walk away with a smile on my face knowing I made an impact.

Until next time,

Melissa B. Merkler

1 comment:

  1. Nice, I love the way this is written. I personally think you are doing a great job. I also think it takes a lot to stand up and decide to lead a group. It's a huge responsibility but I think you'll be great at it. :)