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The Struggles of an Unmotivated Journalist

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hi, my name is Shala McKee and I’m going to explain why I, Karma Chronicle’s most experienced journalist, have only written two stories during the entire semester.

Before I start let me make one thing clear, this is not a list of excuses because “enough of the excuses (Mr. Udell, 2018)”. This story merely serves as insight as to why someone so passionate about writing cannot bring herself to do what’s asked of her.

1. Passion

If there’s only one thing this class has taught me, it’s that I am not a person that can dedicate time and effort to something she’s not passionate about. I cannot tell you how many ideas and stories are sitting in my google drive, incomplete, because I lost interest halfway through or there was never any in the first place.

2. Stepping out of my comfort zone

I, by nature, am slow. Karma Chronicle, like all other sources of journalism, requires deadlines. It’s like oil and water, though stepping out of my comfort zone has probably produced more stories than it has restricted. Stepping out of my comfort zone is what led me to write a story condemning the PBA holiday party of 2016. Stepping out of my comfort zone is what’s allowing me to not only submit, but let Mr.Udell, the teacher suffering most at the hands of my lack of motivation, edit this story.

3. Time management

Time management is something that I struggle with all day every day and it’s not exclusive to journalism. This is a cumulation of me having so many activities and responsibilities that I prioritize and conquer. Unfortunately, journalism has never made it to the top of the list. It often falls to the bottom of the priority list though it’s high on the passion list. While some of this can be attributed to my scheduling, some of it also falls on my personal lack of time management. I’ve always been a procrastinator and I don’t see that changing any time soon.   

Though I struggled to complete stories in a timely manner for this class, I wouldn’t trade it for any other elective. This class made me ask a lot of questions about myself and others and for that I will forever be grateful. Even if I wasn’t working (as per usual) there were great conversations to be had with Mr. Udell and my fellow journalists. Valuing this class means being honest in everything I produce for it, so in true Shala fashion, I am turning in this story a week before I graduate, in hopes that it’ll make up for lost time.