In the two years I’ve been at The Easterner, I’ve written close to 70 articles. It’s gotten to the point where I can pretty much turn out your run-of-the-mill feature story while sleeping or crocheting socks. Now, I’m preparing to graduate and move on to things bigger and better than the scope of Cheney, but there are some reporting experiences that will always stand out in my mind, even as I go on to join the prestigious rank of newsroom intern this summer-and after that, pizza delivery driver.
Something Corporate concert, Gonzaga University, March, 2006: My first time using my powers as a reporter to get into places for free. I called the station and told them that I required a press pass, as reporters from The Easterner are prestigious and should be treated as such. I was rewarded with a front row seat among the scores of emo kids from Gonzaga. I’d actually been hoping for an interview with the band. It’s okay, though, because on my way out I “got lost” and “found” an autographed poster lying around in the catering room.
ASEWU meetings, spring quarter 2005: Truthfully, I was asleep for 90 percent of these, but I’m told some important stuff went on. Something about a lot of money being spent on office furniture or something.
The EWU Amtgard Club, October 2005: Interviewing college guys who enjoy practicing medieval style combat with duct-tape weapons is not something that most reporters get to experience in their lives. I’m fairly sure that this is the article that helped me get my summer internship.
Yellowcard concert, Gonzaga University, October 2005: Honestly, I don’t even like Yellowcard. But I do like free stuff, and after learning how far press credentials can get a person, I couldn’t resist the chance to see another free concert. However, there was some breech in communication and when I got there nobody claimed to even know who I was, so I just whined at the ticket window until they let me in. Mission accomplished.
Piercing Night, October 2005: This assignment got me several good quotes, interviews from multiple sources and some pretty good photos. All in all, a good article to add to my portfolio. That, and I got my eyebrow pierced while I was there, which made my mom really mad.
Oktoberfest, October 2005: By some slight of hand and press credentials, I ended up beer and wine tasting in the school library for free. Despite the free-flowing booze, I delivered a great story to the paper the next weekend. I realized then and there that I had picked the coolest major ever. How many accountants or geneticists do you know that get free beer at work? Yeah, didn’t think so.
“Hunt for Spokane’s Best Bagel,” February 2006: One of the greatest pleasures in life is complex carbohydrates, and this article was basically an excuse to eat them en masse. I can’t speak much for my abilities as a food critic, but my eating abilities are above average. Unfortunately, I had do the bagel search alone. Probably because I use terms like “en masse” in daily conversations.
Calvin Johnson show, at Kafka, March 2006: As a self-proclaimed music snob, writing the story on Calvin Johnson’s visit to Cheney was a no-brainer. Although taken aback by the annoying pseudo-hipsters who swarmed all over the joint to catch the performance and compare their 7″ vinyl collections, it all became worth it when I got to ask Johnson the question that had been plaguing my mind for weeks. “Does Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock actually have a lisp?” Turns out he does. Also important to mention that is this was good practice, in case I ever get a job as a music reviewer.
So, there it is. The highlights of my short, but prolific career here at The Easterner. As I get ready to matriculate and move on into the real world, this may also be the most practical experience I have. I still can’t budget my money or cook an omlette, but when it comes down to it, at least I can say I’ve written for a college paper.