Like teenagers would say, “It was cray-cray!” Translation: This week was crazy.
Monday morning I received an email from my boss saying that it was going to snow the next day. Having lived in El Paso for years, I have the mentality to ignore the weather forecast – it’s always wrong, anyway.
I made the wrong decision. It snowed and I suffered. I was not prepared for the ice-cold snow that came from the last ring of hell. Neither was I prepared to go out and record people protesting against abortion for hours in 13 degree weather – consider that I am from west Texas where winter is sometimes nonexistent.
Did I regret going outside to cover a march? Of course I didn’t. It was a great experience. What I did regret was not having a pair of gloves on and a beanie to cover my ears. I can just hear my mom reprimanding me to cover up and be warm. I would reply with a vexed tone, “Yes, Mom. I know.”
Aside from the weather being cray-cray, work was also crazy busy. This week was filled with marches and rallies. On Monday – our day off – we decided to cover a rally at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial by postal service workers. On Tuesday we were out in the snow recording hundreds of loud teenagers. Wednesday was the busiest day of the week since we had to cover all the events that revolved around the March for Life, including the march itself.
The other interns were outside for most of the coverage, while I covered an indoor rally. But I still had to get there and back in the cold. But at the end of the day, it all paid off. The cold was not able to stop us from being reporters and producing articles, videos and photo slideshows of the events.
This is yet another challenge that we were able to overcome as aspiring journalists.
I think I am now prepared for my first amateur assignment out of college when they send me out to measure the snow with a ruler and say, “Look! The ruler measures 6 inches of snow that was accumulated throughout the night!”