Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I studied journalism at the University of Maryland, and after graduating worked at a newspaper for a year before switching jobs to work in full-time in social media.
Even though I don’t work in traditional journalism anymore, I’m still a true journalism geek at heart. The news excites me. I love holding a hard copy newspaper in my hands (which pretty much only happens when I’m home visiting my parents), and I think it’s thrilling to watch breaking news unravel.
Last night, my friend Emily, who happens to be a reporter at the Washington Post, took a group of us on a tour of the paper’s newsroom.
It’s been several years since my last tour of the Post. My sports journalism teacher took our class back when I was a junior in college, and things had certainly changed a lot in that time.
Since then all the Post properties (newspaper, website, magazines, etc.) were consolidated into one building, so last night we got to see all sorts of different groups at work: the news desk, the politics people and of course sports and style.
I got to spend a few minutes catching up with my buddy Clinton Yates, who I interned with wayyyyy back in the day before he ran off to do important work on deadline.
Emily also gave us a brief history of the paper, when it was sold, how the Graham family took it over and turned it into what it is today.
There are very few times when I miss working in traditional journalism, but last night definitely reminded me of how much fun it can be working in a newsroom.