Editor's Note: Each spring, The Appalachian gives its staff members the chance to say goodbye to the academic year with a more personal column.
Created on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 20:46
As a reporter, it's my job to interview people and share their stories.
But, now it's my turn to share the behind the scene aspect of my articles.
I want y'all to know about the awkward sources who hit on me, my h8rz and my fabulous editors.
In one day, I had two sources who were too occupied with flirting with me than to focus on their actual interviews.
The first source, a married man thought a good pickup line would be "your name is Anne Buie? Sounds like an alcoholic beverage."
However, he had nothing on my next source – a guy participating in a hunger strike. After the interview was over, he proceeded to ask me out on a dinner date when he finished the strike. He never called me though, so I think he was just delirious with fatigue.
If you've ever read one of my incendiary opinions, you might have had the opportunity to read the comments from my h8rz.
The comments range from statements such as "the voice of our future...yikes," "we don't need your uninformed uniforms opinions making our paper look trashy," and my personal favorite, "your article is so uninformed it makes you look just as stupid as the reporters on Fox News."
Naturally, I would hate to forget all these lovely people who comment on my articles, so I created a h8rz board and posted all their comments on my board.
Like Nicki Minaj, I "let my haters be my motivators."
And I couldn't have ever accomplished anything without my editors' help.
I had an off-campus interview back in November, which ended up being eight miles from campus, to and from. I ended up walking to the interview.
Now, let's add the fact that the interview was by a meth lab (which was shut down a month after the interview) and a schizophrenic woman who wandered around the interviewees and me the entire interview.
And then let's consider the fact that I was concussed throughout the entire interview, and the whole thing was a disaster.
It shouldn't be a surprise to you that I ended up in the ER with my editors later that night, after I went completely insane.
And of course, in between keeping an eye on me (which got quite difficult), they praised the hospital's use of AP style.
Buie, a freshman middle grades education major from Charlotte, is a senior news reporter.