Stepping stones: Reflection on 2013

Melissa Jenkins
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Reporter Melissa Jenkins reflects on her first year at The Compass

In a little over two months, I will be celebrating one year at The Compass.

Melissa Jenkins is a reporter/photographer with The Compass community newspaper.

Now I'm here at the beginning of 2014 reflecting on, and being grateful, for the opportunities this past year has presented me with, both personally and professionally.

Over the past 10 months, I have been lucky to meet hundreds of people, each one with their own story. I have had the opportunity to share experiences I have lived through, while entering the world of reporting and journalism. And I have learned a little more about using a camera, although I still sometimes struggle.

During this time I have made many good friends and colleagues in the journalism industry. I have begun working with my own network of people that has helped me with many stories. And with the help of the editorial team here at The Compass, I have jumped over hurdles, broke through roadblocks and learned from my mistakes.

It has been an exciting, scary, cheerful, sad and unpredictable year. Yes, all at the same time.

I have also experienced many firsts this year, including my first:

° Published article - Worried about wastewater;

° Firefighter's ball- Green's Harbour;

° Eulogy - Hugh Atkinson;

° Government news conference - Carino processing in South Dildo for a seal announcement (which was also my first provincially published article as well); and

° Column - Stepping stones for a new journalist.

The list could go on and on.

I have had the opportunity to do feature articles on several influential people in the area and have learned human interest stories may be my niche. But I have also learned I enjoy covering municipal council meetings, covering breaking news and attending school activities and functions.

I have also met many influential people this year, including provincial political leaders, mayors and councillors, business people, teachers and students, just to name a few.

There are many things I have not had the opportunity to experience and there are people I have not yet met, but the time will come.

The year 2013 is a year I won't soon forget. But for 2014, I am looking forward to experiencing more firsts, meeting more people, expanding my network and, of course, increasing my knowledge about the industry.

I look forward to connecting with the people of the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region in 2014, and I look forward to the challenges this year will serve up.

Thank you to the readers that have read my articles and column, and I hope to keep you interested for a long time to come.

— Melissa Jenkins is a reporter/photographer for The Compass newspaper, and can be reached at

Organizations: The Compass

Geographic location: South Dildo, Placentia

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