Day Five: The deadline hits

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

By Jacob Kahn-Samuelson, June 14, 2019

My high school journalism teacher always told me that deadline day is the most stressful day for a reporter — and the most real-world day for any high school journalist.

It was a normal start to the day. Everyone was in mourning following the Warriors’ loss to the Raptors in the NBA Finals. We read the newspaper and ate breakfast like we do every day.

Today is the deadline day for our first report. We need to turn in our projects so our editors can tell us how to make the best possible stories. This means that today is an all-day workday. It’s a time of stress and relief — a time where we can see the first part of the end product we’ve been working towards.

As I’m writing this, I’m very stressed, but hopefully soon relieved. I’m already tired from my reporting, but it’s the good kind of tired — and the good kind of stress. I feel stressed because I want to write the best story I can and ensure I properly cover the subject I care about. I feel tired because I’ve already done so much with the story, but I know I need to continue working.

My partner and I need to compile 25 pages of interview notes into 850 words about teachers’ unions. We need to accurately report on developments and cover both sides of the story. We need to ensure that there’s no bias in the reporting. My journalism teacher was absolutely right; today has been the most stressful day of the program so far, but I look forward to many more deadline days in the future.

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