Thursday night was pretty interesting. I got to cover a wrestling dual and it was an interesting dual at that.
24 hours prior to writing the story, I knew nothing about wrestling. I spent the whole day leading up to the dual learning about the sport because I wanted to get it right.
Then the meet came and a majority of the matches ended in forfeits. The tone of my story was to show the oddness of that because I was a fish out of water there. But it was a lot of fun because it was something out of my knowledge and comfort zone.
I think I gained some great experience doing that and I’m looking forward to doing more.
Friday night, I got to cover some more high school basketball. I’ve taken a liking to Rock Bridge high school and its teams. It was a lot of fun to be there the entirety of Friday night to cover both girls and boys basketball.
Though it came with a lot of writing. The boys won in a 40-point blowout but they got more space in my article. They’re No. 3 in the state and they’re really talented and deserving of 700 words.
But, the girls game was a lot closer, more competitive and intense. I felt I did them a bit wrong by not giving them the same amount of space as the boys because it was a great game. However, there shouldn’t be 1000+ word stories on one night of high school basketball. They’re just regular gamers so, I had to realize that. It was also getting past 10PM when I finally finished writing last night so I had to make some editorial decisions myself on what to include and what not to include.
That was a great experience of having a full plate though. I’ve never felt more pressured by a deadline but it was a great learning experience and it was a lot of fun.