DALLAS, Texas — So just as I am psyched up for the week I have a moment of frustration.
I walk into the office and there is actually some spot news breaking in the Dallas area. This would be a great thing had I been able to cover it. Unfortunately, this coverage started a couple of hours before I was set to be in the office and another reporter was already at the press conference by the time I got there 🙁
So there I was missing the action. To make things worse, during our daily staff meeting via conference call, the Houston editor has a tendency to forget I’m in the Dallas bureau.
At this point, I feel it’s pretty bad that I haven’t made an impression. We haven’t met and I’m sure she has her hands full, so I don’t blame her or anything–she also has an intern in Houston she sees and works with on a daily basis so I don’t think it’s intentional, but it just troubled me a little bit.
After missing out on the breaking news and being forgotten on the conference call, I knew I needed to take some action. With my trainer out of the office and our bureau functioning on a skeleton crew, I took the suggestion of my editor and started scouring the Texas newspaper websites for a pick up just in case we had missed anything with everyone focused on the morning story.
I sure enough found a story about how Dallas isn’t prepared to deal with a major disaster and pitched it the editor that always forgets me. She said it was good and to run with it. So that kept me busy, plus I kept working on my enterprise and nailed down an interview I had been waiting for and wrote another story in between.
Let’s just say things turned around from the morning situation.
This is all a learning experience and I learned today that it’s time to cut the cord and get in there. It’s time to really be aggressive. One thing is for sure, I have always left a good impression through my work ethic at my previous internships and it really didn’t sit well that I was so forgettable.
I know what has to be done and I’m ready to do it.
As my editor said Friday, there needs to be more everything and I totally agree.
Editor’s note: This blog was originally published on UTEP Communications.