Student journalist: Day in the life

Friends have called student journalist Alexandria Osborne crazy; she just enjoys writing

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JENAE LAXSON

Student journalist Alexandria Osborne is writing a book on top of everything else

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter

When I first heard the word ‘journalist,’ I thought it was always an easy job. I was wrong.

As a reporter for the Roots section, a columnist for the Opinion section and a copy editor, I have a lot on my hands. 

My weeks tend to start on Tuesdays instead of Mondays. I edit stories on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and start thinking about who my sources are going to be and questions I am going to ask.

Wednesdays and Fridays are the days I focus on reaching out to sources, holding interviews and writing articles.

I do readouts with my editors on Mondays and sometimes Tuesdays. I’ll even do a readout on Wednesdays if I get that busy, but that usually doesn’t happen. 

While doing everything for The Daily Evergreen, I try to get all of my homework done for school. 

On Sundays, I try to plan out what assignments I am going to get done and when, but that usually fluctuates on what time I have during the day.

I am taking two writing-based classes, so my day is usually set in front of a computer with a Google Doc open. 

Not only do I write for The Daily Evergreen and for school, but I recently started my own blog through a website called Medium. 

I don’t really have a set plan for my blog. I really just write about what I want during my free time. 

I usually only write when I have finished all of my homework for the day, but that usually ends up being around 11 p.m.

I also have a book that I am working on, and I have 100 pages as of February. I have no clue how long it is on a computer because I am writing this in a notebook. 

So when I say my day consists of writing, it really does. Whether it is for work, school or just for fun, I write new pieces every single day, and I enjoy it. 

My friends have told me I am crazy, but I find joy in messing around with words and producing a really good essay or article, even when I have had the busiest day.