WJI 2016 Blog - Day Three - Journalists do not cheer for their subjects

May 17, 2016

This time last year I wrote the first blog post for the 2015 WORLD Journalism Institute. It had been a long day, to say the least, and I wrote my report as soldier coming out of the trenches might. My post filled my editors with consternation, although it did get a lot of laughs from the folks at home.

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Today, a year later, things stand a little differently. I returned to Asheville for a second try at the WJI, and I find that I still love it. A new set of classmates combined with the rigorous training program helped me approach the course with the same enthusiasm that took me over last year. But as Lee Pitts taught us, quality journalists do not just cheer for their subjects. The work is still hard. I started out more behind this year than last when I left my laptop charger at home, meaning I had to write all my work by hand.

They call the course “Backpack Journalism in a Digital Age,” but for the first two days I had to work old school. This prospect did not take me out, though, and I managed to get my first writing assignment, a feature story of fellow WJIer Anders Rotto, written and rewritten in time for Mr. Russell Pulliam to review it. My family sent me my charger, so I am back on the grid as we take on the rest of this week’s challenges. I can honestly say that I am ready to take on the rest of this study, and hopefully use my experience from last year to help out my classmates.

From Asheville, North Carolina, I’m Thomas Miller, and I’m ready for tomorrow.

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