Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Other 10 Percent

During an IHS lecture by Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle, she mentioned how showing up is 90 percent of the battle of being a journalist. As I recall the other 10 is miscellaneous factors to being a good journalist. Inspired by this, I have decided to show up at area newsrooms ready to work.

The other 10 percent could be actually being permitted to work someplace. Nevertheless, I am resolute in my goal of employment. I wonder what sort of reaction I'd get by simply showing up. My theory is a quick refusal by security or the receptionist, but it certainly would show moxie.

I've also thought of going to local city hall and school board meetings to write briefs about what happened and submit them to the local papers. It would serve as a pencil sharpener for my writing skills and could be a foot in to a job.

2 comments:

K-Rock said...

I feel like showing up to city hall meetings and such would show initiative, but showing up at the news station ready to be hired may show (to them) arrogance or a little bit of downright nuttiness. Naturally, WE know it's determination, but it may not appear as such to those doing the hiring.

Contagious said...

So I can put you down as a character witness at my trial?