Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm back!

Let me start by introducing myself: My name’s Kelly, I am a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying journalism, philosophy and information systems.

I’m reintroducing myself because I’m afraid I’ve neglected this blog terribly. Things that I do for fun often take a back seat to things that are graded.

But if you’ve ever read my blog before, you know that I’m passionate about local news, data, public records and media law.

I pulled up my blog this morning for the first time in a long time, and I read my own words: “I’m actually really kind of looking forward to taking media law. I’ll likely be biting my words when junior year when I’m taking the course that’s known for its difficulty.” Well, I’m taking it right now, and I was wrong – not biting my words; media law is my favorite class. I love it.

The last time I blogged, I was knee deep in my college newspaper. That’s changed a bit as well; I’ve changed my route to focusing on internships, and using the Daily Tar Heel to train myself in areas I’m unfamiliar with. I’m working on the graphics desk to learn Adobe Illustrator, and I’m writing music reviews, which I’ve never done before. This Summer, I completed an internship with the Wilmington StarNews, a wonderful paper on the coast of North Carolina with a circulation of 41,300. I covered a variety of topics, but I wrote many, many stories about sea turtles. I’m currently working the Herald-Sun, a newspaper in Durham that has a circulation of 25,000.

This spring, I’m thrilled to say I’ll be studying abroad in Managua, Nicaragua, working on my Spanish skills and studying the country’s chaotic political science history. I’ll announce where I'll be this summer as soon as I let my employer know.

But that’s enough introductions, I’ll write a more substantive post soon.