By the time you read this, a total solar eclipse will have crossed the United States from coast to coast. This has been a hot topic for weeks now and, as you can imagine, everyone in the Times-Journal newsroom is excited to step out of the office to experience the celestial event. First, we are excited for the same reason as everyone else— because it’s not every day the moon completely covers the sun. Secondly, we are excited because this is news, which is something we keep our eyes and ears open for whether we are on or off the clock. Along with all the other media outlets, The Times-Journal has given the happenings related to the 2017 eclipse substantial coverage, and Tricia has made it her mission to make sure everyone at her paper properly experiences this rare, heavily-reported on occurrence. She planned ahead and moved our deadline up by a few hours so we can have the paper out the door before our area’s projected viewing time frame of the eclipse. Also, she not only bought everyone in the office the NASA- approved eclipse glasses, but she even took it a step further and bought us Moon Pies to eat while we gaze up at the memorable sight. I tell you all of this so you’ll know just how awesome it is to work for the media, and more specifically, at The Times-Journal. Being the media, we have to take ourselves out of the events we cover to insure we accurately report the facts free of emotion. That is sometimes a difficult job to accomplish, especially if you are a naturally emotional person like me. But it has its perks because from time to time, we get to humanize certain things we cover and put emotion into it— I appreciate those moments. And in this case, our boss is allowing us to do just that. We get to stop in our tracks, turn off our recordings, lay our pens and reporter notebooks aside, step out of the newsroom, and experience a news-worthy event from the same perspective of all the other Americans who will be observing The Great American Eclipse. To me, it’s moments like this, when I get to be fully consumed by a news-worthy event, that make being a reporter so wonderful.

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