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New Year’s resolutions

Late night rambling – I can’t sleep.

Hours ago, I participated in my first #journchat on Twitter, where journalists, PR folks and bloggers all start hashtagging like crazy to talk about everything from the public’s view of journalism to how PR people can change journalists’ views of them. I never had a chance to do it when it started a few months ago, because it was on Monday nights, the same night the Sagebrush would go to print.

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Goals for winter break.

Once I’m over being mad at everything, I plan on being productive.

Really.

1) More internship applications. As per last blog post, you can see my success rate is nonexistent. Thus, I will need to apply to more internships to up my chances of actually working this summer vs. being a bum and avoiding my parents’ house by staying in Reno.

2) Switch blog over to WordPress.

3) Work out the whole “covering state legislature” thing with j-school and Sagebrush.

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My Publish2 entry.

So there’s this contest I’ve decided to enter since it’s something I think about constantly: the “I Am the Future of Journalism” contest, being put on by Publish2.

The way it works is that you submit an entry where you can write text, create a video and a slideshow to convince people out there that you are the future of journalism. Then others get to decide if you made your point by voting for you.

It’s kind of interesting, because the person who wins gets a job with the company. That’s one way of doing it, right?

I doubt I’ll win or even make it the final 10 entries. After all, I’m one of hundreds of journalists, and all of these journalists have similar ideas.

But I figure I’ve got nothing to lose.

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An explanation (written from my desk at the ‘Brush)

It’s funny how quickly the word spreads.

During the last few days, people stopped me on the stairs, professors approached me before class and one person even got down on his knees at the state legislature and begged me not to leave.

And what would compel people to do this? Because I decided that I need a break from the Sagebrush.

Who knew people cared about what I did with my time?

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I’m going to start blogging about journalism.

The title of this blog, “Journalistic Rants and Raves,” has never actually lived up to its name.

But after recent decisions have changed the trajectory of my path (at least for a while), I will, as of this coming Monday, have more free time on my hands. In other words, I decided to take a temporary leave from the Sagebrush. And in even simpler terms, I quit.

This decision will be fully explained in a later blog post…I’m going to be good and stick to the title: blogging about journalism.

With the Sagebrush out of the picture for a while, I’m going to have a lot more time to figure out why I’m going into this business, and I plan on sharing those thoughts with the world – or rather, the two or so people who read this blog.

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