I don’t know about other professionals, but I really enjoy the annual job shadow event sponsored by Warren County Schools for its eighth-graders.
This year, I provided Abigail Hodge and Michaela Hallum from Centertown School with a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a newspaper reporter. In essence, what it means to be me and my day-to-day activities.
Job shadowing is a career exploration activity that offers students an opportunity to spend time with a professional currently working in the career field of interest. Job shadowing offers a chance to see what it’s actually like working in a specific job. Not only do job shadowers get to observe the day-to-day activities of someone already employed in the industry you’re interested in, job shadowers get a chance to have their questions answered.
Abigail, as her card stated, really seemed to have an interest in journalism, while Michaela enjoyed photography. Together, those girls would make one awesome reporter.
They did have some good questions. I answered those the best I could. My favorite question is always about hours. No newspaper reporter has set hours. There’s no such thing. It’s not banker’s hours. Once, I had to get up at 11 p.m., get dressed and go down the street to cover a wreck by my house.
Also, I cover both city and county government – the first reporter to cover both. I’m somewhat proud of that. Plus, it comes in handy when the two overlap. Covering both keeps me pretty busy some eve-nings. If they meet, I’m there. Meetings vary almost weekly, so my hours vary almost weekly.
After questions were answered, I took these shadowers with me to Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. I go there every Friday and take a picture of the Southern Standard Pet of the Week. Each week, I feature an animal that needs a good home. It’s one of my favorite responsibilities. I’m allergic to each and every animal, but they all deserve good homes. I like the thought that I could help in finding one.
From animals, to government. We then made our way to McMinnville City Hall to obtain information about a meeting that I could not attend. Because there is only one me and meetings overlap on occasion, I have to rely on others to help me out. While there, we were told that part of a façade of a historic building on Main Street had come loose and fell to the sidewalk. Off we went to cover that piece of news. That was an unexpected, exciting detour.
Abigail sent me a thank you card after the visit that stated:
“Thank you very much for letting me have the opportunity to job shadow you. I take a great interest in the journalist field.”
That was my first job shadow thank you card. I enjoyed their visit, and the card was an unexpected delight. I can’t wait until next year’s job shadow day. Thank you, Warren County Schools.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.