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Meet Me in St. Louis: April-I  

2008-04-16 06:28:49|  分类: 蓝调心情 Blue No |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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After the first two weeks software training and meeting new coleagures in the St. Louis Post-dispatch, I am getting familiar with the new working atmophere. Compare with my job in Guangzhou, where I needed to file three to four stories a week, the working schedule here was a little slow, I just finished one opinion story in the past two weeks. I understand in most cases, it is hard for a newcomer to make the first few steps and it takes time to adjust your plans with the reality you did not know when drafting those plans.

 

 

All colleagures I met in the paper gave me warm welcome. Arnie and Pam, the editor and the managing editor, invited me to lunch, telling me the history of the Post and its founder, Joseph Pulitzer. Yes, he also set up the famed The Pulitzer Prizes that thousands of journalist desire for. We can know more about the newspaper here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Post-Dispatch

In the first week, Gary and Mark from tech department taught me how to use newsroom's softwares such as Jazbox, iNet, mailbos, archive, and Lexis. On Tuesday morning, my mentor Elisa took me to a local transportation meeting, from which I could get some sense of how the U.S. local departments operate. She also introduced me to Post's morning and afternoon meetings, where I can know how different sections cooperate with other. Since I had been working in bureau for years, it was the first time I attended the editors' meetings like these.  

 

 

According to my previous fellowshipgoals, I will be at the metro desk and following the political team in the first couple weeks. Christopher, the political editor, and I had a brief discussion about my work in the team on Wednesday. Christopher suggested me to write some opinion articles related to China for the Sunday paper first, adding that he would like me to go to city council conference with other political reporters and spend couple of days in Missouri's capital, Jefferson City, in which I can observe state legislation's operation.

 

Some colleagues told me there had been quite a while that nobody covered the stories of city's Chinese/Asian communities. Elisa had sent me a book about St. Louis' Chinese community two months before I came. When I finished that in China, I already had the idea of following the bid. So during the rest of the first week, I read all local Chinese-related stories from the archive and tried to give myself a brief idea of what kind od stories local reader will be interested in. Only based on that, I can create my own angles. 

Meanwhile, I desided to write something about Tibet for the Sunday paper. I knew the issue was hot but since the readers would be local residents, I really need to provide them some background information or tips which could help them understand the theme more clearly. Fortunately, the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination on nApril 4 gave me a good chance to connect the Civil Rights movement with the Tibet issue. 

 

I finished the article early last week and Elisa helped me revised it. But until last Friday Christopher and I had time to discuss it again. He gave me some revising suggestions and said he would run the article later. And he also asked me to create my own sources in city's Chinese community -- now my research in the first week was valuable. 

 

Afer following the real U.S. newsroom for  two weeks, I am thinking about revising my fellowship goals: it is hard for a newcomer to follow the local politics without shadowing other reporters. Everybody in the newsroom is busy so it is not realistic to bother them too much. Furthermore, it is impossible for a journalist to be a volunteer, as I had planned. So there will be no way for me to observe the inner operation of local political circuse. Though I will still follow politics in my hometown office, maybe it will be my major task, and the experiences gain here will be great help for the future career, my priority in St. Louis is to contribute some stories first.

 

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