If I hadn’t interviewed Guy Smith, I might have continued to be a proud returnee: I’ve undertaken one of the best journalism courses, I’ve got a distinction for my final project, I’ve been to nine countries in Europe, being very open-minded. I was described by my supervisor as a “qualified journalist”; I’ve got working experience in China; I’ve got an international perspective……
How can a local newspaper refuse to give me a job? I am upset by this for more than a month, without realizing that I had to prove myself. Over two weeks’ internship in ‘Changjiang Weekly’ made me know that I am competent enough to be a good journalist. However, I was disappointed because the editors didn’t know how to run an English newspaper. Her English is rubbish but she cannot stay fool. She considered herself understand what foreigners like to read whilst the opposite is true. So I left.
I became the intern of “The Wuhan Magazine”. This is not my ideal workplace either, but I like the editor. She is curious about the world, and she truly appreciates the talented. I interviewed Guy Smith without too much preparation, and asked silly questions like “what’s your impression of Wuhan? Anything memorable here?” I became propaganda instead of news-oriented. This made me unable to think independently, and missed the really important questions, such as “how do you shoot in Wuhan? Have you met any difficulties?” Thinking about this, pity rises.
This is an important lesson for me. I felt I cannot stay in media like “Changjiang Daily”, since their frequent question is “what’s your impression of Wuhan”? I could not work in such obvious “pro-government” areas, and maybe agriculture is my best choice. To go deep in the countryside and talk to peasants is a way to find truth, and perhaps I could tell some interesting stories out of it.
I will start to learn interpreting next week. I like English still, and I feel I need to make further progress.
Long time without writing diary. I should recollect it, since only to reflect on myself can I treat my life seriously.