The idea for my profile assignment did not come to me from weeks or days of mulling over an idea. It seriously popped into my head when I woke up. From a crazily deep slumber, I woke with one thought in my head that I decided to pursue: cafeteria worker. It was only after I dragged myself out of my bed and under the hot water streaming from my shower, that I reasoned out why this would be an interesting topic to write about. When someone thinks of a high school, many think of teachers, principals, and students. But I wanted to do a profile on someone that doesn’t get as much recognition. So early on Tuesday morning, I drove out to Churchill High School and asked to interview one of their cafeteria workers. After speaking with their liason, they told me I could a woman named Rosa Mariotti would be more than happy to be interviewed. Thus, the awesome profiling experience commenced.
The whole experience of getting to know Rosa in her environment was a good refreshing way of reminding me of why I like journalism so much. Interviewing her put me in a place where I wouldn’t find myself at all if it weren’t for the circumstances. So the very day that I came up with the idea, I was helping her serve lunch to a portion of the 1,200 Churchill students and observing how she interacted and thrived within her work space. The overall experience was insightful, eye-opening, and pleasant. What I didn’t expect was how hard it would be to organize all of my thoughts into a 600-word article. This part of the reporting process is what I believe is the most difficult for me. Thank goodness we have a draft due before the actual profile comes out. In the meantime, I will hash and rehash my ideas until I come to a satisfying piece.