MEDICAL JOURNALISM ELECTIVE AT ABC NEWS
On Monday I will be starting a month-long elective at ABC News as part of their medical team. From what I understand, we will be involved in reviewing medical stories, research, and content across all of ABC’s platforms (digital, GMA, news, etc.).
HOW COOL IS THAT?!
My goal is to see and do as much as possible. I tried talking to residents who have previously done the rotation, and they all said that every day is different and everyone has a different rotation experience. Because of this, I can’t go in saying, “I want to write 5 articles,” or “I’m going to try to do a digital news video,” because it really depends on what is happening in the medical world when I am there.
Instead, I want to use this time to say “YES” to every opportunity that comes my way. It may mean really long days on my “call-free” elective, but it will most definitely be worth it.
1. Meet at least one new person everyday. By “meet,” I mean get their name and learn their place within the company.
2. Have coffee with a new person every week. This means four new people to sit down and have a full conversation with.
3. Write something every single day. I think writing will be a natural part of my job at ABC, but I want to make a conscious effort to focus on the written word while I am there.
Stay tuned for some medical journalism fun!