I work as a part time news reporter for my city’s local newspaper.
Since I’m not on staff as a full time employee yet, I’m technically just a freelance stringer.
They send me on assignments several times a week that the ever dwindling full time staff can’t get to amid their other stories and work responsibilities. I’m no fan of covering local high school football and basketball games, although I don’t hate the steady pay that comes with them. I prefer doing stories for the Community and Health sections of the newspaper the most. Either I’m covering happy stories about achievements made by members of the public or I’m venturing off to one location after the next to compile a story on a new scientific research lab or changes made to state law that affect public health. When medical marijuana was legalized in my state, the possibility for work related to the cannabis industry had me excited. Thankfully, the editor I work for had lots of things in mind regarding stories on the newly legalized medical marijuana industry. He sent me to the cultivation center for one of the state’s largest cannabis companies. They’re strict about safety guidelines regarding their prized grow rooms. Any employees or members of the public must wear white suits that cover them from head to toe with hair nets and face masks as well. They want to minimize the possibility of outside contaminants like mold spores damaging their prized crops. These plants must be lab tested after they’re harvested before they can be packaged for sale. Anything they can do to protect their plants, they’ll do it. It was an exciting experience nonetheless.