Obama’s newest threats: Sanger speaks on media, unrest in Middle East

"David E. Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, addresses an audience in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum at Goucher College Thursday, April 14, 2011."

I’m a little over three weeks away from my last day of classes at Goucher College, and about five weeks from graduation. I’ve certainly reached the point where everything that’s happening here seems all too familiar. As for photography, at least, I’ve shot every angle on this campus that there is to shoot. 

There’s still an undeniable feeling of nostalgia, though, as these final weeks rush by. I remind myself not to get caught up in those ‘I’m so over it’ thoughts, and to not lose sight of the things I’ve loved about this place. 

One of those is the speakers that come to this campus. It’s particularly helpful as a journalist, given the frequent visits we have by professional reporters and editors from the world’s leading media outlets. It’s a nice compliment to what we’re taught in class and what we live through in our actual journalistic experiences. 

I asked David E. Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, my usual cliché question: “What’s your advice for a young journalist?”

His answer has stuck with me, particularly in these weeks which have seemed to revolve around nothing but internships, jobs, and careers. 

“If you go into the industry with an understanding that you are not there as a newspaper reporter, but as a processor and interpreter of data – writing about it, explaining it in front of a camera, doing it on audio, talking about it on television – it’s all of these technologies converging. If you go into it like that, then it’s incredibly satisfying. And what’s the most satisfying part? You get up every morning and you don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s a pretty good thing. And the second thing is you get up every morning and you’re still excited about the work. I know more journalists who get up in the morning excited and thrilled to go into work than I do in almost any other field,” he said. 

Humans Vs. Zombies season begins at Goucher

"Sophomore Jack Swallow leads a charge of students participating in a Capture The Flag version of Humans Vs. Zombies Saturday, September 25, 2010. Humans Vs. Zombies, which originated at Goucher, has grown in popularity and is played on college campuses throughout the country."

It’s strange how the most incredible opportunities come your way when you least expect them to.

Two weeks ago, I was sitting in The Quindecim office writing an article for our second issue. I took one of my regular Facebook distraction breaks, and to my surprise, I realized I had received a message from The New York Times.

The Times publishes an “Education Life” section four times a year. For this year’s November Issue, they’re planning to highlight the various types of games that are played on college campuses around the country. They’d like to include information about Humans Vs. Zombies, an exaggerated version of tag that includes Nerf guns and rolled up socks. Because the game was founded at Goucher, they contacted me, as the Photography Editor of the student newspaper, in hopes of finding photographs to use.

I had shot Humans Vs. Zombies before, but I wasn’t too pleased with what I had. Luckily, a game of Capture The Flag was scheduled for the following week, so I shot that game.

I sent them 20 of my best images from the day. If they decide to use them, I’ll be credited as a freelancer for The New York Times, and I’ll be paid a freelance photographer fee.

Here’s hoping to be published in one of the world’s most renowned newspapers before graduating college!