I set out this week to see if it is possible to be a mobile reporter with an iPad and nothing else. Because protracted suspense (like on "The Bachelor" when they go to a commercial break right at the rose ceremony) makes me want to punch walls, I will answer first and then explain.
In seventh grade, my teacher assigned us to write a two-page essay on the question, "Who are you?" After a very pained philosophical journey that would today be considered super emo, I settled on answering the paper in two words: "I am."
She failed me. She said I had not followed instructions, and she thought I was copping out. But gosh darn it, even today, I still think I was right.
This is more information than any normal human could ever enjoy, but for the wildly insane and easily excitable among us, here is the details of this project.
What’s a modern newsroom? What’s a modern journalist?
* I want to create a new “Instant News” beat, taking the newsroom (camera and keyboard) into the community. For 10 hours every week, I’d capture more faces and events than ever before, sharing it live online.
* To increase reach, I’d collaborate with five community “reporters” representing different demographics, who I’d meet with weekly to brainstorm.
* As their “mobile community editor,” I’d empower them to blog and take photos, the best of which we’d upload on my existing Tumblr, social networks and blogs, as a constant collage of different perspectives. * I’d explore how to thrive without a physical newsroom and share findings on a “Modern Lois Lane” blog for other reporters.
I committed myself to writing in kindergarten, when my teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. I said a writer and a cheerleader mouse, like at Showbiz Pizza. So here I am, until a cheerleader mouse gig opens up.
I have covered nearly every beat in my 11 years at dailies. My editors once created a beat for me called the “GA/weird,” which I’m still not sure was about me, my stories or the city of Boulder. I currently perch in features, as a fashion/humor columnist (for about six years), fitness columnist and writer-slash-firefighter. That means I’m the acting features editor until we hire someone, and I work hard to fill in other holes around the newsroom. Also, if something were to literally catch on fire, I suppose I would stop, drop and roll on it.