One thing that is highly regarded in Journalism is Initiative. It is doing more than the minimal assignment and taking advantage of opportunities that come up. This semester, I felt that I have demonstrated personal initiative several times.
The first example I would like to point out are the Bioscience stories that I have done. I had heard people talking about the Bioscience Olympics for weeks prior. When I noticed that my News Editor hadn't assigned anyone or really talked about it, I decided to step up. I spent an entire Saturday with the Bioscience students, interviewing them and talking to Mrs. Butler. I took several pictures as well. It was hot, but very fun and exciting.
The second Bioscience story was very spur of the moment. My Editor-In-Chief mentioned that the Bioscience Earthquake Simulation was taking place that very day. I took a camera, a folded up piece of paper and a pencil and rushed to the Mrs. Butler's classroom to do the story. I followed the students around as they covered themselves in mass amounts of fake blood and toppled chairs and desks to make the entire situation seem like a disaster had struck.
I do not think that my examples of initiative are grand by any means, I did not run through obstacle courses or escape from fires to get my story. But I did cover stories that no one had mentioned, or even tried to do. Through the course of this semester, I've signed up for as many stories as I could, not just to fulfill my deadlines, but because I know it would be right to step up and take the lead when no one else can.