Working in a newsroom has been one of the most exhilarating and life changing experiences of my life.
I’m currently a Junior English communications major at St. Mary’s University. I never thought of combining my passion for sports and writing for a career until I got to college. My ideal job is to be a reporter on-air, but I also love writing my own articles. After interviewing with Daniel Villanueva, sports producer here at KSAT, I was given an opportunity to work in the sports department as a part of the high school football coverage team, which they call Big Game Coverage.
Every weekend, I have the job of updating scores for BGC. It’s something I never saw myself doing, it’s something I didn’t think I was capable of doing. But as football season comes to an end, I realize that I don’t want it to be over.
My first day was a Thursday, a slow day for high school football. It was full of tedious training, but that didn’t overwhelm me. The night went smoothly and I was excited to be starting this job.
And then Friday happened.
The first Friday of Big Game Coverage was a blur. There were so many phone calls and texts, and so many scores. 10:15 p.m. came along and getting those final scores was proving to be harder than I thought. I wanted everything to be up to date for the sportscast, but when games run late, go into overtime, or are delayed because of weather, updating scores gets tricky.
I left the station that night close to 1:00 a.m. It was tiring, exhausting, and stressful.
Yet, I found myself eagerly waiting for next Friday night.
The fast pace environment of the newsroom is my favorite part of the job. There is always something to be done, something to be fixed, and while you’re doing all of that, there’s a million other things going on around you. That’s what I love most about the atmosphere in a newsroom; it motivates me to do the best job that I can.
Before this job, I had an image of what a newsroom was really like. I imagined a newsroom having a flurry of people running around all the time. Then I got to KSAT, and my original image could not have been more wrong. It’s not always work and no play. We all respect each other, have a good laugh about a weird news story, and there’s the occasional paper ball fight that goes on in the newsroom after all our hard work is done in the sports department. If someone needs help, there is someone in the newsroom always willing to help. KSAT defied my expectations, for the better.
The past 12 weeks at KSAT have been amazing. I look forward to weekends just so I can come back to work. I have learned more about football and San Antonio in these 12 weeks here at KSAT than I have learned in my whole life. People might not realize the importance of updating scores and football highlights, but in Texas, high school football is king, and I want everything to be perfect for our audience.
People sometimes experience what they think is their ideal job, but after working in their “ideal” job, they realize that it is not for them after all. The exact opposite happened with me. I never want to leave a news room. I don’t want football to ever end and I don’t ever want to be anywhere else other than KSAT.
Working at KSAT has been a dream, but everything comes at a price. Since I am not from, San Antonio, I have not been able to visit home for a weekend like all my peers can. It has been about three months since I have seen my family but honestly, it is a small price to pay in order to have the amazing job that I have.
I may not have as much experience as others, but I know that this career field is what I want for the rest of my life. I am happiest when I am working in the newsroom. Even better, I get to cover football. Working in the journalism field definitely is not for everyone, but working at KSAT has made me realize that it is perfect for me.
This article was written by Analissa Cantu.