The character trait I would like to write about this year is Reputation. After a year of working for the Foothill Dragon Press and after the extensive awards one by the past years the press is starting to build a true Reputation. I had to uphold that reputation this year since it was my second year. I had to act professionally when I was out in the field, taking photos and video, interviewing etc. Then I also had to uphold this trait on the print, writing good respectable articles that truly interest and engage the audience.
With this said, I believe the Dragon Press is entering a stage in its lifetime where the way it handles its reputation is crucial. The publication was birthed and immediately began sweeping the competitions taking all the awards with its groundbreaking tactics and ideas, but now others are catching on. Many other publications are beginning to go online and implement the programs we started, so we don't stand out as much now. So at this point we can either establish our reputation as "that publication that was dominant and then the others caught on" or "that publication that keeps blowing us away every year".
I would honestly love to write about the importance of all the character traits on the Dragon Press Pyramid. Reputation, Service, Tradition, Cooperation, Concern, Competitiveness, Loyalty, Resourcefulness, Integrity, Accuracy, Initiative are all great qualities that benefit us in many ways, but the most important one for me is probably Courage. Journalists, I have learned this year, are courageous people. You have to have courage to go to an event and take interviews from random people. You have to have courage to go out and put your articles out on the web where people can write hateful comments. You have to have courage to turn someone down when they ask you if you could send them an email of the article before you publish it. And I have it easy! I write for Arts and Entertainment, because half of the time you are just writing reviews on albums or movies. I admire the courage that many of the news writers have to go out and cover the big events and the writers from the opinion section who just put their thoughts out on the web truly have some guts.
So with this in mind, we A&E writers have it pretty easy. But nonetheless we also have to show courage. I used to be a very shy person when it came to talking to strangers. I felt very awkward, did not know how to really start a conversation, got nervous, focused on being nervous so much that I would have trouble paying attention and just had a very miserable time being with people I didn't know. Covering plays and other A&E events changed that. I'm a lot less nervous around new people now, even if I am not interviewing them. I can walk up to a stranger and asking him or her about an event without too much hesitation and at get-togethers with friends it is now easy to talk to new people. It is not surprising that over junior year I have kind of broken out of my shy shell and am now able to do the funny things in class and work on group projects with people easier. This was a key part in making my confidence grow this junior year.
Courage is not only at the base of the Dragon Press Pyramid because it is a personal characteristic but also because it is a base that all journalism is founded on. Without courage, journalism would amount to nothing.
Dragon Press Pyramid