Journalism

And so it begins

From here, there’s no turning back.

Create a website — check.

Make a twitter — check.

Upload information to my website and Twitter — getting there.

I’ve put in a lot of work over the past couple of weeks compiling some of my work from the past four years working for the Gaylord Herald Times. Being that I am moving on to college and all, I felt that it was fit to put all of my work in one place.

The more I go through all of my stuff, the more I realize simply how much I have done over the years. I don’t even know if I could put a number on the amount of stories I have written and lessons I have learned since joining on with the HT in the spring of my freshman year of high school.

Looking back on some of the things I have had published, I am taken aback. I’ve gone from saying that professional athletes are bad examples for our country’s youth (Today’s Professional Athlete), to saying that soccer sucks (America resisting trend of soccer craze) and using partially incorrect information (State final ends in unique tie.) Oh yeah, that was just my freshman year.

Moral of the story: lesson learned. Granted, I still have plenty of lessons to learn in my young journalistic career, but I think I have gotten some of the ‘easy’ ones out of the way early.

The more I sit and think about what I am trying to get out making this site, the more I realize that I don’t have a surefire reason. It feels good to look at a body of work I have created, yes. I believe it could be attractive and easy to use for potential employers, definitely. Really, though, I want to let people inside, so to speak. There is much more to a story than a byline and more to a photo than a credit and cutline. If you stumble upon this page, let me know what you think — good or bad. It’s going to be an exciting journey — might as well start off on the right foot.

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Discussion

4 thoughts on “And so it begins

  1. It has been a pleasure reading your articles over the years. Best of luck with the next phase of your life and career. I am sure we will be reading your articles in some major papers some day. Looking forward to hearing about all that you will accomplish during your college years. Good luck Jim!

    The Deerfield Family

    Posted by Diana Deerfield | July 13, 2011, 2:24 am
  2. This is one more spot where I’ll be able to read your work next year and smile. I’ll have this and the link to the Ohio U. student newspaper on bookmark. That, and every other crazy place in this world that you will be published. You have the drive, talent and toolbox to make anything happen.

    Posted by Jeremy Speer | July 13, 2011, 7:07 pm
  3. I’ll bookmark this also. Looking forward to reading your articles Jim, you have a easy-to-read writing style – good luck at Ohio U!

    Posted by Patrick Kerwin | July 18, 2011, 7:50 am
  4. Hey Jim, thanks for the comment! I’ll bookmark your page and read your articles, I like your writing “style” – easy-to-read and informative. Your designs are solid and interesting. Anyways – the Treetops pics you asked about are here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdkerwin/sets/721576208 55295654/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdkerwin/sets/721576220 24858355/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdkerwin/sets/721576251 49894220/

    Posted by pdkerwin | July 18, 2011, 8:00 pm

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My name is Jim Ryan, and I'm a breaking news reporter for The Oregonian and OregonLive in Portland. I'm an Ohio University graduate from Gaylord, Michigan.

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