I’m still a student, but don’t hold that against me. I’m passionate about journalism and I intend to make a difference by being an intricate part of its re-design.
A Little About My History
In early 2008, I decided to return to school after more than 20 years. In December 2008, I lost my job; and even though I was very concerned about my future I was determined to pursue my goals. So I made a promise to myself, to do my absolute best, in every area of academic pursuit.
Since enrolling at Washtenaw Community College in January 2009, I have taken several classes in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. So far, I have achieved and maintained a 3.87 GPA.
A Little More About My Ancient History
In 1999 I founded and published a quarterly small-business magazine, (Upstart Entrepreneur) dedicated to the emergence of new entrepreneurs. In 2001 I expanded to include upstartentrepreneur.com. (Both have since been dissolved).
I gained a lot of valuable experience as a business owner, not the least of which is the difficulty of running a business.
What I’ve Discovered
The lessons I learned back then were invaluable and can be summed up in one simple phrase, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know.”
So far, the courses I’ve taken have not only rekindled my interest in journalism they have ignited a desire to impact history. With the changes our industry is undergoing, it has fueled a lot of speculation about whether or not journalism is dying a slow death. I disagree with the naysayers; journalism is undergoing a cyber-metamorphosis; and what will emerge will be the 21st century version of journalism.
What I’ve Learned
I learned how to be a graphic designer/desktop publisher by building the pages of a print publication for 5+ years. I learned how to be a web designer by building and maintaining a news website to compliment the printed version. I’ve wrote and edited, photographed, researched and documented, breaking news, personality profiles, feature stories and editorials, on new and emerging entrepreneurs in Chicago and Detroit.
What I Want To Accomplish
I want bring the same dedication and determination to work that I bring to learning. I want to develop a niche, and a level of skills, that will identify me as the epitome of what the new face of journalism will look like. And I want to advance the vocation of journalism and prove to the naysayers that journalism is not dead.