Being a "new" reporter

By: Mystic Matthews
By: Mystic Matthews

Wow, its already my fourth week on the job... and man does it fly by fast! It takes a lot to be a reporter, especially if you are new. But luckily I came from producing, so it makes the job a little bit easier!

Wow, its already my fourth week on the job... and man does it fly by fast!  It takes a lot to be a reporter, especially if you are new.  But luckily I came from producing, so it makes the job a little bit easier!

So what does it take to be a reporter, you may ask?  Its simple really, but very involved, if that makes any sense.  I have to find a story and cover it, which sometimes is easy.  But sometimes the facts of a story may be wrong... and its my job to verify everything.  So finding a story, that sounds easy enough.... but unfortunately, they don't always come easy.  And that's when it becomes involved.

A typical accident or house fire or criminal arrest.... those are great.   Its those other stories that you have to go looking for that are difficult.  But that is the part I love about this job!  Its rewarding when I get to tell a victim's story... or get to the bottom of an investigation... or uncover something that no one else noticed.  That's when I feel like I've done a story right.  So it can be easy, yet very detailed.

For me, its not just about being on T.V.  Its about bringing the news, good or bad, to the public.  Its about shining the light on what is going on.  Society has a right to know!

Not just anyone would cut it here.  But luckily, I am organized and some what of a perfectionist... which I think are great qualities if you want to be in this business.  It can be tough, but like I said, its very rewarding.

I may be the "newbie" but not for long.  I hope to really get to know the people of this area and prove that as a reporter, I'm more than just girl with a mic!

 

Mystic Matthews

First News reporter

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  • by Ray Location: Denison, Texas on Mar 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    Glad you are here.Hope you know that Texoma is a lake.North of the lake is Oklahoma, and South of the lake is Texas.Not Texoma
  • by viewer Location: denison on Dec 4, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    your great but can you do something with that idiot who thinks he's funny in sports? What a jerk!
  • by marianne on Oct 2, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    I have a question and maybe you can help...didn't know who else to ask....I have a friend that needs to make a instructional dvd....can you tell me how and where to go to do something like this....he is a professional trick roper and team roper.....Please give me some ideas as to where to go and where to get the dvd's printed and made too....thanks so much for any and all your help....
  • by Bob Location: Ringling,ok on Dec 28, 2007 at 05:27 AM
    Dear Mystic,From what I've seen of you so far,you're doing a great job! Keep working on it and you'll get better and better. When Meagan came on the weather team she made alot of mistakes but she kept plugging away at it and now she does a fantastic job! Keep up the good work.
  • by Kerri Location: Ardmore on Dec 26, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    I am so glad you came to KXII. I really enjoy watching your reports. I hope to see you behind the main desk soon... Maybe KXII will wise up and replace Ms. Anderson with someone like you. She has not been intouch with her viewers for a while now and I have even stopped watching in the AM. If they put you on in the AM, I am sure alot of viewers will return!
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