Media Go-Round

Posted by on Feb 5, 2011 in MFW, Work

Sometimes the world is moving far too fast to document it. That’s how the last couple of weeks have been. We have been recovering from illness, dealing with winter weather, and making surprise repairs to our lovely home.

In the midst of all that, I began a new job. I am now the Community Manager for NewsTrust Baltimore.

In all ways, this is an amazing job. I get to work with wonderful people on an exciting and new project. I get to work from home, where I have spent the past 6 months setting up a very comfortable office space. I meet talented, interesting people who care about journalism and current events. And I get to learn a lot about web publishing and online journalism.

It’s really the perfect job for me and for the moment. With one big caveat: I have to consume A LOT of media!

I now have to read and consume lots of local media every day. As you can imagine, this is going to make Media Free Week rather difficult. However, I accept the challenge.

Many people I have met tell me, “My wife is in journalism…,” or “My husband is in politics…” or “I work for a TV station…” with the rest of the sentence being “….and she/he/I/we can’t NOT use media.” I usually recommended that they try taking a break certain hours, or on their day off, or of just certain media.

Now it’s time to take my own advice. With the first media free week since NewsTrust Baltimore went online looming, I get to find out just how can I take a break? How can I interrupt the pattern?

I welcome any advice and ideas! Media Free Week starts next Monday!