Step­ping stones

Re­flec­tions of the past year

The Compass - - OPINION -

In a lit­tle over two months, I will be cel­e­brat­ing one year at The Com­pass.

Now I’m here at the be­gin­ning of 2014 re­flect­ing on, and be­ing grate­ful, for the op­por­tu­ni­ties this past year has pre­sented me with, both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.

Over the past 10 months, I have been lucky to meet hun­dreds of peo­ple, each one with their own story. I have had the op­por­tu­nity to share ex­pe­ri­ences I have lived through, while en­ter­ing the world of re­port­ing and jour­nal­ism. And I have learned a lit­tle more about us­ing a cam­era, al­though I still some­times strug­gle.

Dur­ing this time I have made many good friends and col­leagues in the jour­nal­ism in­dus­try. I have be­gun work­ing with my own net­work of peo­ple that has helped me with many sto­ries. And with the help of the ed­i­to­rial team here at The Com­pass, I have jumped over hur­dles, broke through road­blocks and learned from my mis­takes.

It has been an ex­cit­ing, scary, cheer­ful, sad and un­pre­dictable year. Yes, all at the same time.

I have also ex­pe­ri­enced many firsts this year, in­clud­ing my first:

• Pub­lished ar­ti­cle — Wor­ried about waste­water;

• Fire­fighter’s ball— Green’s Har­bour; • Eu­logy — Hugh Atkin­son; • Gov­ern­ment news con­fer­ence — Carino pro­cess­ing in South Dildo for a seal an­nounce­ment (which was also my first provin­cially pub­lished ar­ti­cle as well); and

• Col­umn — Step­ping stones for a new jour­nal­ist. The list could go on and on. I have had the op­por­tu­nity to do fea­ture ar­ti­cles on sev­eral in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the area and have learned hu­man in­ter­est sto­ries may be my niche. But I have also learned I en­joy cov­er­ing mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil meet- ings, cov­er­ing break­ing news and at­tend­ing school ac­tiv­i­ties and func­tions.

I have also met many in­flu­en­tial peo­ple this year, in­clud­ing pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, may­ors and coun­cil­lors, busi­ness peo­ple, teach­ers and stu­dents, just to name a few.

There are many things I have not had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence and there are peo­ple I have not yet met, but the time will come.

The year 2013 is a year I won’t soon for­get. But for 2014, I am look­ing for­ward to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing more firsts, meet­ing more peo­ple, ex­pand­ing my net­work and, of course, in­creas­ing my knowl­edge about the in­dus­try.

I look for­ward to con­nect­ing with the peo­ple of the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tionPla­cen­tia re­gion in 2014, and I look for­ward to the chal­lenges this year will serve up.

Thank you to the read­ers that have read my ar­ti­cles and col­umn, and I hope to keep you in­ter­ested for a long time to come.

— Melissa Jenk­ins is a reporter/pho­tog­ra­pher for The Com­pass news­pa­per, and can be reached at


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