I haven’t always wanted to be a journalist. I never saw myself as a soccer player as most kids from Brazil, my home country, do. The first thing I remember wanting to do when I grew up was to be a video store owner. I guess the idea of being able to watch movies for free all day long seemed like a pretty good plan. As soon as I got to college, though, I was hooked on journalism.
There’s something about being able to tell people’s stories and write about topics that affect everyone’s day-to-day life. And the place to do that is journalism. I am a senior social communications student studying for a bachelor in journalism degree at Universidade de Caxias do Sul. Before getting this internship, I worked at my school’s communications agency and at O Caxiense, a weekly newspaper recently turned into a magazine.
Ever since the very beginning of my work as a reporter, I’ve been drawn to political reporting. Although most of the criticism politics gets is probably accurate, I think it’s one of the best ways to change things, hopefully for the best. That made me even more excited when I found out that the International Center for Journalists selected two students per year to be a part of the Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program.
I’m writing this on the first day in the newsroom, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about what is to come in the internship. As I get closer to graduating and have this opportunity to report in D.C., there’s little doubt I want to be a journalist. I won’t sit around watching movies most of my days, but I’m sure I’ll be able to get to know some pretty amazing stories and people as well. I also won’t just watch events unfold, but will be able to tell stories which, hopefully, have some impact on people’s lives. And, the best part of it, they’re all real.
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