After a week of independently covering the Boston bombings and doing some minor freelance work for a few organizations, it’s been a while since I’ve been so exhausted, especially from Thursday night to Friday night.
When the news broke of the shootout and chase happening in Watertown, I was just getting ready to go to bed for the night. I had got back to my room, decided to check Twitter quickly and immediately rushed to the police scanner (I know, I know).
I didn’t sleep until late Friday night after Suspect 2 was captured and the celebrations began.
It can be very daunting and mentally exhausting working as a freelancer or an independent journalist. There’s a comfort to having an organization behind you, especially with news like this. Then you can at least say, “Well, I’m covering it for [insert organization name here].” But even then, you get the people who ask you why you’re livetweeting something. I didn’t get anything like that over the last few days. I got a lot of praise, in fact – people saying that they’re the only journalist they trust right now or asking me to summarize things because they felt lost in the chaos. And it feels good. Sometimes you need that confirmation.
Minor Updates for the Week:
- Worked Buffalo on Tap (beer festival in Buffalo, NY) this weekend for my internship and got to interview a lot of lovely (and drunk) people. Oh, and drank beer. Lots and lots of beer. Prost!
- Wrote this guide on beaches in Buffalo and this guide on upcoming farmers’ markets in Buffalo. Working on one for this week about hiking. Can you tell I’m excited about summer?
- I start my new job on Thursday! Very excited and anxious!