Whenever I describe to people why I chose journalism as my major, I say it’s because it’s an introverted-extrovert’s job.
I have a love affair with telling stories. I love seeing a person’s face light up when they are orating something they are deeply passionate about, or an anecdote of their past that has shaped who they are and what they want to become.
Similarly, I love the intimate process of sitting with a story that someone just shared with me and deciding how to put their quotes into a narrative that is accurate, deep and gripping…that transports people into the world the interviewee took me to when I heard their words and saw the emotion in their eyes…
As a journalist, you’re not supposed to put yourself in a story, but somehow I have become a part of that person’s story because they trusted me enough to share it with me. In telling their story, they have given me the privilege and responsibility of putting to words, or stitching together a video package that correctly depicts them.
Then comes the last extraverted part—sharing that narrative with the world. It’s scary and exciting because you are putting yourself out there and the person or people you interviewed. Then you hope the public takes something away from the story—whether that be newfound knowledge, inspiration, or a drive to be more tolerant, gracious, or take strides toward a better world.
I’m a journalist by major, but my first title is storyteller. It’s surreal to think that in less than two weeks, I will be walking across the graduation stage at Pepperdine to receive my diploma. I’m about to enter the epilogue of my own story, and that epilogue is still in its roughest drafts on my end. For God, it’s a chapter that’s been written since the beginning of time itself, and as an author, I have to be willing to let him guide me as I hold my pen. Thankfully, He is a patient creator. And it’s cool to think that we share a love for stories, but I have to remember that He is the expert, I the novice.
I’m excited to know a few of the plot points of my story, while the rest is still unwritten. I will attending USC in the summer to begin my Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism. Along the way, I have a few other projects I’m working on and cannot wait until they come into fruition—and one day, I’ll share them with the world.
Keeping it Krischic,
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