If you’re signed up for the second summer session, then this is the first day of seven very important weeks in your journalism education. You are a reporter, as of today. So open your eyes, your ears and your mind (not necessarily in that order) and begin to think in stories — not necessarily text stories, by the way. Let your curiosity be your guide. Don’t assume that we — the wise old editors at the Missourian — already know about something going on out there in the wide world. Tell us what you’ve seen, and let your fellow students and your editors help you understand what you’ve seen and maybe even figure out how to share it. So, yeah, open your eyes, your ears, your mind — and then your mouth. Don’t be afraid. Notice what you notice, as Beth Macy puts it in an article she wrote for the American Journalism Review. It is a very good way to begin.
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