Each article required research, fact-checking, and time. I was eager, so, I tried it all.
News briefs took about 30-40 minutes to research, write, and revise. They needed to go out as soon as possible. I learned to prioritize Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and the Weekend's messy love-triangle.
I danced and jammed out in my room, in classrooms on A quad, and while I crossed campus to prepare for writing music reviews. I learned how to listen, interact, and share my opinion about new album releases. I even developed a new obsession with trap music after writing a review for Migos’ album, Culture.
But I most enjoyed writing “listicles” the most. These would be about anything from “national days” worth celebrating, food recipes on Pinterest, and lifestyle tips. It meant I was still productive scrolling through decadent recipes, seasonal cocktails, wild music festivals, and other new lifestyle choices that are trending instead of doing classwork.
I did not think I was struggling.
But my editors noticed something.
Articles for a site like TCC need to be written quickly because they are read even faster. I spent more time generating new, fun, and informative lists while falling behind on writing celebrity news articles. I felt like my “listicles” were tangible—as if readers could hear me.
As my editors spent additional time editing my pieces to publish, there were new stories that needed to be told. I did not want this to keep happening, so, I changed my approach and learned to prioritize. And I realized taking time to check facts, sources, and grammar is important. It saves editors time.
And I know now that “deadlines are deadlines are deadlines.”