Jennifer A. Chin (cswallow) wrote,
Jennifer A. Chin

Peninsula Habitat and this craft

Okay, so I'm not really a very good journalist. I'm just not cut out for it. I was never that great; always getting Bs in all my Medill classes. I just wasn't any good at story chasing, not really vocal enough or gregarious enough. I was probably too nice. Despite this, I love writing, and even though I no longer strive to be the mistress craftswoman that I used to, occasionally I'll still take time to go back and tighten, reword, restructure pieces such as entries that I make here in this journal.

Last year after APA-5, that leadership conference I attended, I was inspired to start exercising some of my journalistic muscles, despite many months of having not used them. I volunteered my services to Peninsula Habitat as a copywriter. It's the only real forced "crafting" I now do, the only thing I take to my mom so she can read it and send me back to the computer with "it's okaaay.. but you can do better."

I'm currently working on a profile story about one of Peninsula Habitat's newest families. With it comes the usual trepidation of the interview, the overly-meticulous planning of the questions I'll ask, the procrastination and soon, the reward of speaking to one of the amazing people who receives a home from Peninsula Habitat every year. Not only that, but in some ways this is "better" than journalism - here I can give in to the emotional tuggings of the story, I can be completely biased in my reporting. I'm here to make Peninsula Habitat stand out with the great things they do.

I wanted to share with you some of the other articles I've written. The process of interviewing and writing opened my eyes to the struggle and triumph of my fellow Bay Area citizens, and reminded me how much care about this craft.

Stacy Ball-Weaver, "Home: A Place to Hang Family Photographs":

Ronnie and Angelie Celio, "'One Great Gift' From A Father And Mother":

Camp Glenwood, "An alternative to incarceration":

Corporate Signature Campaign, Biotech:
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