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No two days alike in this business

The experience that goes with this job is amazing.
I don’t mean the typical occupational experience that comes from working in any field for a significant amount of time — though that is certainly a plus.

Being a reporter is not just a career for me — it’s become a way of life. I have not only gained job experience, but life experience.
No two days are alike in this business.

A reporter never knows what adventures await her on any given day, and for me, that is absolutely thrilling.

One evening last September, I was the lone reporter at the office trying to wrap up a story so I could go home. The world of news had other plans. It had been raining for days, and a man had ridden his bike into rushing waters on the service road of Interstate 45 near Palmer. I had no choice but to go.

I had never talked to first responders at the scene of an emergency, and I was incredibly nervous. I went, did the reporting, wrote the story and went home.

It was a big step out of my comfort zone, but something I’m glad I did. (In case you don’t remember, the man was unharmed, but was arrested for crossing a barrier into the high water.)

Of course, we always have a plan. But many times, that plan flies out the window.

Being flexible can get you pretty far. I’ve learned to go with the flow when things don’t go my way, and I highly recommend it.

It is much less stressful to accept things as they come and make the best of circumstances than to refuse to cooperate with the situation at hand.

From week to week, I never know exactly what I will be doing. I’m always working on something — reporters don’t just sit around and wait for the news to come to them. We are scouring every possible resource to find the information we feel the community should know. But sometimes, the news does just fall out of the sky — two weeks ago, it fell in the form of snow.

The end of that week was a whirlwind. Most weeks aren’t like that, but each week in this business is unique in its own way.

Throughout the week, many times I am so busy that I don’t notice the scope of what I have covered. I tend to focus on each thing as it comes, and put it out of my mind when I’m done so I can move on to the next thing. But the end of the week allows me time to reflect.
This week, amid my normal day-to-day news coverage, I covered two very cool happenings.

Tuesday, I found myself in Waxahachie, covering Kay Bailey Hutchison’s campaign stop. I don’t get wrapped up in politics, and I wouldn’t say I’m supporting Kay for governor.

But the governor’s race is just such a big deal in Texas right now, and I felt like I was where the action was, which is exactly where I wanted to be.

The other story I covered was much less hard-hitting, but important nevertheless.

I went to the Dallas Museum of Art on Thursday to accompany a group of Ennis High School art students on a field trip.

The group I was with got to enter the museum at 10 a.m., an hour before it opened to the public. I followed the students as they learned about several pieces of art from a docent — and thus, I learned about those works of art as well.

With every story I cover, I learn something new. I’ve learned a little bit about a lot of things, and I feel like I am becoming more and more well-rounded. I may have finished my formal education, but as a reporter, I am still enrolled in the school of life.

Liz Crawford is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News and learns something new every day. She can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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