My trip to New York City was LEGEN…wait for it…
Six days in the Big Apple and my body is a little worse for the wear, but I’m still ticking. The week that passed was truly awesome in a lot of ways. Allow me to spin you a yarn.
The whole reason I found myself in Manhattan was a class that I took (and aced) during the spring semester. The class, Business & Economics Reporting, includes a field trip to New York to visit real newsrooms, especially those that focus on, you guessed it, business reporting.
After moving out of my apartment, I embarked on a road trip back to the east coast in my trusty Rav 4. I made a few stops along the way.
The first night, I spent with friend and colleague Alison Matas, who is spending her summer as an intern at the Charleston (WV) Gazette. Check out some of her work here.
We took in the West Virginia nightlife, of lack thereof, and I have to say, Charleston is actually a nice little town. It’s quite beautiful along the Kanawha River.
The next morning, I departed and got lunch with my sister in Morgantown before settling down for the evening with my friend Kenny (read: Cartman) at his house in Northern Virginia.
Then, it was time to go to NYC.
Reason for the trip
Let’s begin by talking about the places that we visited. They are in the order we visited them:
- Business Insider
- American Banker
- Fox Business
- Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones
- Fortune Magazine
- Business Wire
- Good Morning America
- Bloomberg News
- CNN Money
- New York Stock Exchange
- Museum of American Finance
- Standard and Poors
- Huffington Post (which I missed, but more on that later)
- New York Times
It was a full slate to say the least. I could do a separate blog post on each of the places we visited, so if you’d like to know more about any specific site I visited, drop a comment and I’ll respond.
Perhaps the coolest experience I had was seeing just how many Mizzou alums were in each of the newsrooms. It really reinforces the idea of the Mizzou Mafia.
Handcuffed to a desk in NYC
NYC is seen as the capital of American Journalism, so I can’t say that I wouldn’t want to work there in the future. It seems that I’ve been given my chance.
When an executive editor says that he’d “like to handcuff you to a desk right now,” I have to imagine that I’m doing something right.
So what am I to do? I like to finish what I start, so I did not want to drop out of graduate school just two semesters away from completion. So I got creative.
I went to a meeting with an editor while my cohort visited the Huffington Post. I convinced the editor to let me do a remote internship in the fall where I show them what I’ve got. If I impress, they’ll let me do my professional project there. If I take it and continue to impress, there’s like a desk to which I can be handcuffed.
This would be a great situation anywhere, but the fact that it is at CNN Money is just top-notch in my book. I’ll get to do a little data reporting and some news apps creation, which is exactly what I want to do.
It was an exciting development and made the trip well worth it.
A grand finale
The last thing I did in New York was to see the Book of Mormon on Broadway. Unfortunately, I was unable to take any photos as that is against Broadway protocol, so to speak.
However, I can tell you that it was worth every penny (and I spent a lot of them) and more. It deserved all nine Tonys it won in 2011 and many more it did not win.
The show was funny from beginning to end and I really didn’t want it to come to a close. They say that all good things must come to an end, and while the show did, thankfully, the show should enjoy an enduring run on Broadway.
It had typical South Park humor, which was to be expected, and it was done to perfection. Sure, it can be very inappropriate at times, but it all worked and contributed to what was an absolutely phenomenal plot line.
I purchased the script after the show, so if anybody wants to give it a read-through, let me know. It’s a great read.
While my adventures were over, the weirdness that is New York certainly was not. Sitting in JFK airport, waiting for my flight to DC, I was hit in the face by a rogue pigeon that the TSA must have let passed.
It was an odd ending, but I can’t complain. It was pretty awesome.
Oh, and before I forget…DARY.