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To me, being part of a team means that you have to be loyal. You have to be loyal to your team and to what you do. I never skipped or missed a deadline because that would be unfair to the staff and to the overall organization. Why should the organization suffer just because I got lazy and decided to not meet a deadline or to not perform to my highest potential? Loyalty doesn't just mean to stick with your staff through thick and thin, it also means to do your part and do it right. To not slack off and throw together an article just to get an 'A' in the class. For me, being in journalism isn't just about getting a good grade. I always try my hardest on articles, I double check facts, and I take initiative.
Finding out about the three students who had leukemia when they were younger was a bit of an accident. I was having a conversation with my friend and some how, she started talking about how one of the people we knew had leukemia when they were young. When I heard about that, I knew I had to write a profile on the student. After finishing the article, I was told that two other students that were in my class also had leukemia/issues with white blood cells. I could have decided to just turn in the one article on just one person, but instead, I decided to interview two more people and add them to my article. I knew I could't just ignore the information. I knew I had to write about it.
I wrote this article with Veronica Mellring and when my editor first suggested this idea to our section, she said the article would need two writers, so I volunteered to be one of the writers. I was really nervous about writing this article because it was on a sensitive topic and I'm not a religious person. I didn't want to accidentally offend anyone. Me and Veronica were careful about writing the article and how it was worded. It was challenging for me because I didn't have a religious background and I didn't know how to address the issue. However, at the end of the day when it was published, a lot of my friends told me that Veronica and I did a great job writing it. I'm proud of this article because we managed to write a good article on a sensitive topic.