Zach Carlson




I did not have any expectations for this beat. I really didn’t know what to expect from this class, even. As the semester went on, I realized how much work this class really is. I learned quite a bit about how to prioritize my stories as I work on them. I also learned that it is incredibly hard to get people to email you back about interviews. I learned from this beat that there are many issues that refugees face once they get here to America. I didn’t know much about refugees before this class and this helped me learn a lot about a large group of people.

I had one huge epiphany during this class: I don’t want to be a journalist. This class, I imagine, is like a trial run of what it is like being a real journalist. I am not good at juggling deadlines and interviews and all the different things that are due. I learned that this is not for me, and that I need to find something else to do for the rest of my life. So, that’s great to learn before I get a real big-boy job.

I did not find it difficult to remain objective. For all my stories, it was just sharing facts and people’s own opinions on the work that they do. I didn’t think that it was too difficult to keep my beliefs out of my writing. All my stories were about people who work with refugees, so maybe I could have written about someone who doesn’t like refugees to make it a more un-objective set of stories.


Hey. It’s me. Zach. I’m a student at the U, as you could probably guess. I assume you’re here because you want to know all about me. I love dogs. That’s the first thing you should know. Dogs are the greatest creatures in existence, tied with polar bears. I’m really into movies, video games and books. I work at a movie rental store. That’s pretty weird, considering it’s 2017. When I’m not crying from the stress of school, I like hanging out with my friends and playing with my puppies. They’re so cute. I love them. My friends are OK, I guess. My dogs are better than them.

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