First post

Hi there,

It’s been about four years since I started this site and I haven’t done much with it.

When I started this blog, I had just graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree  in Broadcast Journalism.

But my first job out of school was at CultureMap Houston, a start-up online magazine focused on the latest news in arts and society.

A few months after starting there, I landed a part-time gig with Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, Minn. as the Newsroom Coordinator.

I took about a $5,000 pay-cut and moved to the Midwest from Texas in January. Sounds pretty crazy right?

I also went from writing on the daily to picking up the mail and burning CDs. At first this was crushing.

But I don’t regret any bit of it.

After a few weeks of settling in, I was given other assignments and even got to work as a temporary producer for a live call-in show. The producers at MPR also picked up on my video skills and recruited me to become a part of the video-livestream team for a new show at the Fitzgerald Theater called Wits.

Although it was a huge risk and I ended up moving back to Texas after my year was over, I have no regrets.

Except, I kind of wish I had stayed at CultureMap a little bit longer.

Now, I work at the Victoria Advocate in Victoria, Tx. about 30 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and two hours away from everything else.

I get to write stories daily, produce videos and pretty much dominate my beat, which is Education (K12-Higher Ed).

I’m still not making as much as I was at my first job but the experience has been well-worth it.

I’ve been working at the Victoria Advocate for almost two years. I started in August of 2012.

I’m not sure how long I’ll be here in Victoria but as a young reporter working on building her portfolio, it’s been a good place to train.

Here’s until my next post.

- C