Three Years

August 25, 2017-Journal Cover

Looking back, it really doesn’t seem like that long ago.

Shit, leaving Alberta feels just like yesterday.

However, today marked my three-year anniversary with The Oshawa Express.

In that time, I’ve watched my writing improve, my interviewing skills become honed, and my news judgement become more acute. Basically, it’s been great.

Yet, I think it’s not just the skills I want to talk about, I think the one thing that is most important about a job is that, while you’re doing it over the years, it makes you more and more sure that this is what you want to spend the rest of your life doing.

That’s the most valuable thing I’ve learned at The Express.

For starters, I’ve cemented that I absolutely love the thrill of covering breaking news. There’s nothing quite like chasing a story, knowing that you’re one of the first and the few people in the city to know about it. It sends a warm shiver up your spine and a surge in your veins better than any drug.

Second, I love the process. Seeing a story idea go from a few jots in a notebook, to an interview, to story and then finally into the newspaper, is completely satisfying to me. I also like being involved every step of the way, from the research to the writing to the design, every step has aspects that appeal to me.

Finally, I simply love telling people’s stories. I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve learned in my three years here. Sure, I like giving the citizens of this city the news they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere, but nothing beats a good story.

Ever.

And people love reading about people. People love happy stories, they love scary stories, they love thrilling and dangerous stories.

At The Express, I’ve gotten to cover them all, and some of them turned out pretty good.

Anyways, what it comes down to is I couldn’t be happier doing this job. I hope that for you reading this, if you’re not doing something you love, stop, and go find that thing.

Life is too short for anything else.

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite Stephen King quotes from my favourite book. It sums up pretty succinctly how I’m feeling right now.

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” 

Thanks for reading,

J.J.W.