As the minute hand inched closer to 6 p.m., I felt a general sense of urgency laced with a twinge of panic in my gut. I think most of my cohorts would agree.
I can't remember the last time I was on such a strict deadline or even the last time I wrote a news story. Today's press conference with Leonard Downie Jr. was certainly a reality check.
As a newspaper and yearbook adviser, I have high expectations for my students. I expect them to perform their best and on deadline. My, how I have forgotten what that is like.
My experience today reminded me how much I enjoy reporting and writing. Despite the stress that came with the time crunch, covering the press conference was fun. It also challenged me. If I expect my students to report and write well, should I not practice those disciplines myself so I can share effective and specific feedback? I believe you become a better writer through practice, and after today, I realized I could use the practice. So perhaps I'll dust off that reporter's notebook.
Vista Ridge High School
Cedar Park, Texas