The weekend shift
|That's how the newsroom looks like on a Sunday morning. Pandemic times, of course.|
GA stands for General Assignment. And if you are in the GA team, you'll have to write any news assigned to you. On my first shift, I produced two pieces that got published on the Missourian website.
The first one was a hard one. The family of Ahmonta Harris, an activist that got killed in 2018, finally won a lawsuit against the City after fighting for gathering records related to his death. I had to read all the context, and then I called the family's lawyer to interview him, and I produced a 7 paragraph story that explained what happened. It took me almost all Friday.
On Sunday, I was assigned to write a text about a man who died in a crash accident. It was the first time I wrote something like that, and I was not sure where should I talk to the victim's relatives or not. I even found their phone number, but in the end, I just wrote about the accident.
I feel super slow writing these assignments. I'm usually faster in Spanish. But I'm getting the hang of it.