One year anniversary of HMJ decision

Observations

The end of the semester is nigh.

And it’s strange.

Around this time last year, I took the leap and told my bosses that I would pursue grad school full-time in the fall. Now I’ve completed a year! And I believe I’ve come a long way in getting back on track with the professional journalism life and back in touch with who I am in a professional and personal way. I feel confident again.

This time next year, I’ll be embarking on the next thing. And who knows what that will be yet? The MFA in Narrative Nonfiction was recently approved, so that’s always a possibility, but I’m also working on the full-time freelance possibilities. I’ve landed a chunk of work with Gwinnett Clinic, creating narratives and videos for their new website, and I’m consistently publishing in several publications now. Can I keep it up? Can I find new ones and better pay?

And how will Advanced Health and Medical Journalism progress in the fall? Envrionmental journalism? I have a break this summer before moving to the next classes, but I’m excited and intrigued. Thinking back to the beginning of the semester, it’s hard to believe that I’ve traveled to Reno and Boston; written stories about health care networks, Medicaid expansion, primary care problems, obesity, and women’s health; and produced a few nice videos. The skills are coming back! And I’m challenging myself with narrative work as well. 

In the next few days, I’ll wrap up the absolute final assignments and begin packing for Prague. I’ll look for travel journalism and health journalism ideas there as well, and it’s difficult to fathom the perspective I’ll have once I return from there as well.

Here’s to heading toward mid-2013!

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