One thing that journalists often can't do is turn off that instinct to view every activity as a potential story. Social situations like parties often trigger that compulsion for me. When I meet new people, I have to make sure I don't sound like I'm trying to interview them. Journalists are good at meeting strangers, it's something we have to do every day, and it can come in handy during crowded social events, but ask one too many questions and you can cross that line from casual conversation into an interview situation, which is not what people usually want to do, especially after a couple of tequilas. I'm also always armed with a camera, and end up being the go-to person to visually document friends' parties, weddings, etc. With our new digital camera I am also working on my video skills, which I know will be coming in handy soon at work, as the company pushes us to do more video for our Web site. Here are some photos I took last night of a friend's birthday party. I tried to play with interesting angles and fun, unstaged shots. They turned out pretty well, and it gave me a chance to practice my rusty photography skills, which can come in handy as shrinking newsroom staff means you never know when you'll be called out to write and shoot an assignment.
I'm a native Oregonian who, up until recently, has been reporting on local issues in Portland, Forest Grove and currently Corvallis. I am now an editor of an internal publication at a local university, making the transition from the newsroom to world of academia. I continue to write, photograph and explore the world of podcasting in my work, and am eager to explore my new opportunities.