It’s been graduation season since May (when colleges begin walking their people) and I’ve been thanking God every day since that I’m no longer an education reporter. Heheh. Not that I didn’t meet any interesting, inspiring kids while I did cover commencement ceremonies — I did. I am just glad to not be saddled with the responsibility of organizing that coverage anymore. I don’t know how it is at other small newspapers, but at my old small newspaper, being the education reporter meant I organized my own graduation coverage — every high school and college commencement had to be covered, and make sure there is a photographer assigned, and make sure you get there early to interview folks beforehand, so that you don’t get stuck waiting to the very end (what a nightmare for big schools!), waiting to interview people who are rushing off to dinner or grad night. Graduation at the GNP was also especially hellacious because I had to make sure that we had each list of graduating students from each school for a special graduation section. Whew.
You know, writing about it here, it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but dude — thank God I was organized, because that was a big deal.
Anyway, I also wanted to say congratulations to Sean Roderick, who got a shout out on what is arguably LA’s most-well read blog. Coincidentally, I would hate to be the reporter doing the write-up on her graduation — the pressure! *wink*