Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Manifesto of a journalist blogger

Angela Mac Donald
Manifesto of a journalist blogger

Loud. Confident. Ambitious. These are a few of the words that describe me the best. My name is Angela Mac Donald, although I prefer to be called Angie – it’s a little more chilled out so far as I am concerned. I am 19 years old and I am currently a first year journalism student at Rhodes University.

Some would say that I am a real Barbie, a princess- I love spending hours to get ready, I love pink and sparkles, I, like most people, like to get my own way. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that everything in life isn’t always pretty and perfect, though of course deep down, I wish it was. I see the world as my stage, my notebook, my audience, my place to shine. I am not one for regrets. I know that I do not have all the time in the world and for this reason I try to make the most everything – my relationships (family, friends, boyfriends, etc), my personal development, my academics, my skills as a writer – I am a perfectionist and I want to be the very best I can be. I am a positive person and I always try to look for the good in people. I believe in honesty and loyalty, especially when it comes to oneself; no matter what, always be true to yourself, your opinions, your ideals; after all, these are the things that make you who you are. I value family (this includes best friends) above everything. I believe that these are the people who will love and support you unconditionally and without them you are screwed!

Now, with regard to journalism and being a journalism student... Firstly, I decided to study journalism for a number of reasons. (1) I love writing. (2) I like being the first to know things [breaking news]. (3) I want to travel the world and journalism is a career you can do in most countries. While I am enjoying life as a journalism student, I find the theory rather frustrating - it feels like we never get to write anymore. Having said that, when we do get a chance to write we have to do our utmost to be objective! Wow, that is far easier said than done! In the journalism (news) field it feels as though there is minimal space to convey your own personal opinions and ideas. Although I suppose maybe that is what blogging is for? (Hence this blog group.) As a journalist my goals are to be successful, honest, well-known, and respected.

In conclusion, I’d like to impart my three main ideals for my overall personal happiness…
Peace. Love. Party

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