And the World Keeps on Spinning

January 6, 2008

Img1566.jpgI stood enveloped by the aroma of seventy-five different after-shaves worn by men whose weapon of choice was a very large video camera or a twelve foot long pole and microphone. Bright lights surrounded the hundreds of people anxiously awaiting the very exciting arrivals. These people promised absolutely no mercy when it came to getting their “perfect shot.”

This was the atmosphere that so profoundly filled the Spin Room, located in Saint Anselm College’s Stoutenburgh Gym. I stood in the very heart of the hundreds of media representatives, watching through camera lenses and physically pushing my way through to the front of the mass trying to get my own picture, my own story. It was probably one of the most exciting moments of my life so far.

I have always watched these herds of people moving about on television, but never dreamed I would be pushing just as hard back at them. Yet when you finally get in the mass that always reminds me of the stampede from The Lion King, you simply can’t help it.

Tonight’s experience in the Spin Room showed me the competitive world of the media and gave me a first hand experience at what it is to be a news reporter. It is a cutthroat business that forces you to put yourself out there. At the same time, though, you have a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn from people who have made a name for themselves, such as David Westin, Kate Snow, James Pindell, and Elizabeth Edwards. It was a refreshing experience that I won’t soon forget.


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