Life got in the way

It’s been awhile since I’ve touched this blog. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken time to sit down and write about what I’ve been writing about and what I’ve been working on.

It’s not my fault, though, I promise–we’ve had a really busy semester.

At Towson, a couple of really, really big stories happened at around the same time and took a lot of my attention at The Towerlight. Early(ish) in the semester, news broke that a phone had been (potentially) recording in the women’s swimming and diving team locker room. As time went on and we weren’t hearing much news from the University, I filed a Maryland Public Information Act request. At first, TU wanted me to pay over $2,000 for access to public records.

I fought that fee, and won.

(Admittedly, I may have been a bit too harsh.)

Not much came to light from the documents, but I got to speak with some members of the swim team, on the condition of anonymity, and learn what I think was a pretty close version of the truth. Around that same time, an interim head swim coach was named, as was a new diving coach. We reported on it, and included some information from the swim team.

Just under two weeks later, one of the coaches was charged with a felony and two misdemeanors connected to the incident. She hasn’t gone to court yet. That’s coming in February.

In addition to that, there was a student-led sit-in of the university president’s office. A team of Towerlight reporters was there for the duration–from around 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Writing that story had a lot of moving parts to it, and there were also the demands from Twitter and from updating and following up with the story.

And then, of course, right before the semester ended, we got news that the University System of Maryland had officially decided on a new president for Towson. Kim Schatzel was hired, and we got to meet her a few days after the announcement.

Then, you know. Add in schoolwork, getting enough sleep and a social life, and it’s a bit hard to keep up with a blog. I want to try and do better, though. This kind of reflection is nice.

I finished up the semester and very quickly started at an internship at City Paper, Baltimore’s alt-weekly. Within a few days, my first byline with the organization was published. I wrote about sewage–kinda gross, but also really exciting, because I like environmental news.

With Christmas over, it’s pretty close to time to start applying for internships–something I probably should have been doing already. I’ve got an interview in early January for a summer internship that I’m really, really hoping to get.

But, yeah. That’s my journalism life right now. City Paper is cool. It’s a lot of fact-checking, which is helping me to learn about Baltimore. They’re also really flexible with letting me pitch stories, which is great. Right now, I’m working on a review of the movie “Sisters.”

I wonder how long it’ll be before I update this thing again…

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