Joel’s Journal – November 28, 2016

Joel’s Journal – November 28, 2016

Novel Word Count

A couple of late nights the last couple days have led to me sleeping instead of finding those early hours to write. Sue me, I'm only human. I think I'm still on track to complete the book by the end of the year.

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A couple of late nights the last couple days have led to me sleeping instead of finding those early hours to write. Sue me, I’m only human. I think I’m still on track to complete the book by the end of the year.

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Joel’s Journal – November 28, 2016

Here's my Reporting Process

Entry #28

Good day everyone! Welcome to today’s journal, hope you’re all doing splendidly.

It was a pretty great day today, guys. Busy, but great.

I apologize, for those not interested in the a few hundred words about life inside The Oshawa Express office, feel free to click away now, I thank you for your brief attention.

With a series of events last week, I only managed to write up a few stories throughout the second half of the week. And usually Friday is my writing day but that was pushed to today.

Now, cue the movie montage of me at my desk, close up of hands typing up, pan out, a quick look at my face, deep in thought, pages rifling, opening books, smashing the enter button.

Today, my brain seemed to be moving seamlessly from topic to topic, story to story. It’s a skill that all general reporters need to have and it’s a really great feeling to know that this skill is still developing and improving for me.

My stories this week range in everything from the grand opening of the UOIT and Durham College new fieldhouse, the merger of Oshawa’s electric utility, how the city is dealing with illegal Uber drivers, recent healthcare issues in the city and a review of the Ontario police oversight agencies (one that I was very excited to write about).

The process for me has been streamlined heavily in my last two years at The Express as it seems I’ve taken on more beats and more assignments, which I’m not complaining about, it just means there’s a lot more for me to juggle.  For that reason, I’ve created a Runsheet that tracks all of my current stories, what needs to be done with those stories (whether it’s get an interview or a photo, or to transcribe a phone interview) and after each of those items is complete I’ll highlight it to know it’s complete.

Today, when I sat down at my desk in the morning, there were close to 10 stories that needed to be written. I simply tackled them one at a time, starting with those stories on my Runsheet that were all ready to go with interviews transcribed and research done.

When those were complete, I moved onto the others, first transcribing the interviews and and grabbing the research before writing them up as well.

I also took some time to upload and edit the photos I took at my events last week.

It was a busy, but extremely productive day. 

That was really all that my day consisted off in the office. I left slightly early because of the council meeting I was covering tonight, and I met M at my apartment for a quick dinner. Well, “lupper” we called it because it was at 3:30 in the afternoon before she had to leave.

Council meeting was pretty typical, but I think I’ve spoken enough about work in this post to not share the gory details of the meeting.

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone.

Thanks for reading,

J.J.W.