To­day was a bad day

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It was a bright and clear day in Car­bon­ear, May 14. I woke up to birds chirp­ing and the sun stream­ing through my win­dow.

But, some­thing about the day.

For the past 11 days, I’ve walked to my desk in the morn­ing ex­cit­edly to get start on the first project of the day.

But, there was some­thing dif­fer­ent about my com­puter. I had a yel­low sticky note taped on it.

There it was, inked on a square piece of paper; my first com­plaint.

“Great,” I thought. There goes my joy­ful morn­ing.

Now, I re­al­ize that comes with the job. Not ev­ery­one is go­ing to agree with ev­ery ar­ti­cle you write. And like ev­ery­one, I make mis­takes. That doesn’t mean I don’t try my best, it just means I’m hu­man.

But just like any jour­nal­ist would, with the help of my edi­tor, we wrote an apol­ogy and posted it on­line. Sim­ple, prob­lem solved, right? I pro­ceeded to go about my day and con­tinue sto­ries that needed to be writ­ten. But the day didn’t get any bet­ter.

Later that af­ter­noon, an­other re­porter from The Com­pass and I at­tended a hor­rific

felt

off child abuse case at Har­bour Grace provin­cial court. What I heard will for­ever be nailed fiercely in my mem­ory.

I was there to take notes, and to learn more on me­dia law in jour­nal­ism. But I dropped my note­book to my knees and stopped writ­ing. I was so taken back with all the de­tails and con­vic­tions of the case. How do com­mu­nity jour­nal­ists do it? One minute we could be do­ing a mi­nor hockey story, then next a child abuse case story.

From what I’ve learned, we’ve been told to com­part­men­tal­ize in our job, or to take our­selves out of the mo­ment. I couldn’t. I broke down. I cried. I can’t help but won­der how can any­one walk out of that court with a dry eye. It’s very overwhelming. It’s a lot on my shoul­ders as a young jour­nal­ist.

To­day felt like a se­ries of whiplashes that never stopped.

Some ar­gue that it makes our job more in­ter­est­ing, but to me, it just makes me sad.

— Laura Grif­fin is a stu­dent in­tern with The Com­pass. She can be reached at edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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