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New Reporters: What have we gotten ourselves into?

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Hyperlocal news, from hyperlocal reporters, on the world wide web. /Richard Deming

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Don't miss the upcoming Reporter Orientation!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

 

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Make it official.

Make it official. /Denise Cheng

Reporters manuals will be available at the orientation.

Reporters manuals will be available at the orientation. /Denise Cheng

"What have I gotten myself into?"

How many times have you said that to yourself after making a leap that you thought was a good idea? I know I sometimes jump in, feet first and thrilled as can be, only to realize later that I didn't really know all the details needed to make such a decision. I get excited about something and I want to get involved. So I do. It's both the blessing and the curse of being a passionate person.

Other times, however, I'm able to gather all the information before making a decision. It's good to know what I'm jumping into so I know I can keep my commitment and fulfill any responsibilities involved. 

Well, whether you are a jumper or an information-gatherer, the upcoming reporter orientation is meant for you. There's no commitment involved, just plenty to learn. In fact, one of the great things about joining the reporter community for The Rapidian is that your commitment level is determined by you.  If you only have time for a few paragraphs once in a great while, you can do that!  If you want to write a regular article every Friday, you can do that too!

Maybe you have just signed yourself up as a New Reporter and need some guidance on how to craft your first article, and what kind of role your mentor will play in that process.  Maybe you want to know more about AP Style grammar rules. (Hey, it does fascinate some of us!) Or maybe you're starting to think you'd like to share your voice with the community and become a Rapidian Reporter.  Whether you've already signed up or just want to know more, the orientation on February 17th will give you all the information you will need to learn just how important your voice is- and how to use it on this platform.

Along with sharing information about reporting for our local rag, we will also have Reporters sharing their own experiences with us:  Why did they get involved?  What was writing their first piece like?  How has their mentor helped them?  Rapidian staff and this panel of experienced reporters will also be available for any questions you can come up with.

So get involved. We may take different ways of taking that leap, but whatever it took to start being involved, we're invariably glad we did.  Being a part of the community- sharing our stories- is rewarding.

Ask questions, sign yourself up, dare to try it out.  We need your voice.

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