It's 10 PM, and after I finish this post, I'm going to sleep. Hear me out. I'm still the same girl who spent her Spring semester out late and drifting to sleep at 5 AM. I promise. However being an adult has gotten in the way of that.
I started training as an assignment editor on Tueday. It's something I've really wanted to learn how to do for years, and I was finally given the opportunity to do so this week. Although it's only been a few days, I've learned so much from the news manager I work with. I'm finding great stories that I would have never found before, and I feel far more productive than ever.
As an assignment editor, I sift through stories and determine what is worthy of covering and how it could be covered. It might be my dream job, despite the low paycheck (LOL I'M NOT GETTING PAID TO DO THIS NOW, THOUGH) and high stress level. I get to spend time on social media searching for news, and I work my butt off. My news manager plans to send me on weird errands (today was tracking down a vanity license plate he saw the day before on a construction truck, and making me take a photo of it.) It's not conventional, but it's exciting!
The only problem with training as an assignment editor is that my shifts start at 6:30 AM. While I'm naturally a morning person, I believe mornings do not start until about 7:30. At that point is when I prefer to wake up, and not actually be productive until about 9. Naturally I've been very tired for the last two days.
Today I worked for about 11 1/2 hours in the newsroom, and then another three at the church. I'm grateful to now be in pajamas, typing this.
A reporter that I worked with once told me that even with the long hours, he still loves what he does. He then told me that "if you lose your passion for it, then why are you here?" Even with early mornings, and long days, I hope to never lose my passion. I hope to stay enthused. I hope that chasing pieces always remains fun. I hope that one day this whole waking up at 5 AM thing feels natural.
Let's be honest: I know that it will.