Posts Tagged ‘ Education ’

Ohio v. Buffalo, Part II: My Nose is Still Running

Remember yesterday when I gushed about the joys of covering baseball at Bob Wren Stadium at Ohio University? All of that goes away when it’s 45 degrees outside and you have to pee the whole time but are too embarrassed to ask where the bathroom is.

After Ohio handled Buffalo Saturday, I realized that I have a conditional love for covering baseball.

I do realize also that this is just part of the reason I love what I do, the unpredictability. It’s difficult to think that one day I could perhaps be paid to watch sports. Like Dick Vitale says, “It’s like stealing money.”

To robbery,

–BP

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On the OURTDNA Local Conference

The 22nd Annual OURTDNA Local Conference was a great success. I’m very happy with how the event went.

Last year’s conference was a bit of a letdown. We had plenty of professionals and there was plenty to be learned, but attendance was low, enthusiasm was lacking and I didn’t walk away from the conference feeling happy about the money I spent to attend.

This year, however, was much different. Events like this and last year’s Ohio Sunshine Summit are rejuvenating experiences where professional and student journalists come together shouting rallying cries for journalism.

Those moments in which I lose faith in the beauty of journalism – like when I turn on ESPN – are wiped away during events like this. The professionals that visit us demonstrate that there is good journalism out there and it still serves a purpose in people’s everyday lives. There’s a reason why my colleagues and I spend so much time invested in the intricacies of journalism, learning what it takes to be a success in the field.

I also think the event energized the students and catalyzed OU’s chapter of RTDNA. The organization has struggled as of late keeping members around, but our track record in recent weeks has sparked an interest in what the group has to offer. It makes me happy to see the hard work of our lovely and talented exec board coming to fruition. We have all worked hard to move this organization forward and I think the wheels are finally turning.

Yesterday’s conference was a culmination of the group’s hard work. People were energized, enthusiastic and eager to learn. People were networkin’ it (s/o Caitlin) all day long. In one of the biggest news weeks for Ohio in a while with the Chardon shooting and the tornadoes in Cincinnati, the discussion never took a break. Ambition, professionalism and hunger were prominently on display.

We all got better yesterday.

I hope you enjoyed this diary-ish entry. The conference kept me from posting it yesterday. You get the picture, don’t you? Another post is coming later today.

Rah, rah, journalism,

–BP

Return to the Writers Circle

I know what you’re thinking. Oh my goodness, Bradley Parks, where have you been? I’ve missed your blog posts filled with interesting information and fun commentary. I’ve been loyally waiting on your return.

Okay, so you probably weren’t thinking those exact words, but I suspect it was something of a similar variety. So, why the long absence from the Web? I’ve been busy.

It’s a catch 22. I work a paid job to stay in school, which forces me to give up many journalistic opportunities – journalism being the reason I go to school. However, if I were to devote more time to journalism, that would necessitate devoting less time to my paid job, which keeps me in school. In comes the aforementioned catch 22.

The good news is that I have regrouped and regained the focus with which I came. I once again have the mentality that I can do anything and everything I set my mind while staring straight into the foreboding face of little sleep and a few bitter tears left on the desk.

That is the reason why I am embarking on a challenging voyage into the world of journalism. I may not have time to be part of countless organizations and their meetings, conferences, etc., but I always have time to be a journalist.

Like the old saying goes: news never takes a holiday. It’s my goal to produce something on this site every single day. Whether it be a written piece, a video, a podcast, a photo, anything, something will be posted on this site every day. No days off.

Many photographers take this challenge, to post a photo per day on their websites for one year. It’s a way for them to spend quality time with their craft and try to improve each day.

I’m bringing the 365-day photo challenge to journalism in the form of a 365-day writing, filming, journalisting challenge thingamajig. Each day’s post will bring something different. It could be a commentary on a news story, an opinion, random babbling or even the story of what happened in my day. Who knows? The only thing certain is that something will be posted.

The goal will never change. The goal is to be more involved with my craft even if it isn’t in a formal setting. I won’t be doing my typical job of suiting up (the pants, shirt, tie, jacket sort of suiting up) and hitting press row for a basketball game, but I’ll be involved, doing the journalist thing. Maybe people will read, maybe they won’t. Either way, I’ll be producing content.

For those who choose to tune in, I hope you laugh. I hope you cry. (I know I’ll be doing a lot of both.) I hope you gain something out of reading and watching what I have to give. At the very least, I hope you give me at least a few seconds of your time before flinging me at the window like a poor fly on a hot summer’s day.

Daunting? Yes. Challenging? Yes. Exciting? Yes, even more so. For me, I’ll take this time producing content as a means of rediscovering my passion buried in an ever-growing pile of school bills.

So here’s to journalism and here’s to rekindling the flame. Get ready for one heck of a ride.

Cheers,

–BP

This will serve as my first post. Look at this, my first day and I’m already cheating. To keep up with the journey, stay tuned to bplusblog.wordpress.com and my Twitter profile @Bradley_W_Parks.