Once Upon a time of Being a Journalist Behind the Scenes

Once Upon A Time of Being a Journalist: Behind the Scenes

Being a journalist requires a lot commitment and dedication. The success on it is not going to be handed to on a silver platter, tied up in a big bow. To be a successful journalist, one must work hard on it night and day with all his heart and mind.

Take note that hardships will always be rewarded. In fact, the positive values of being a responsible journalist  when maintained, have the power to take someone to golden opportunities. These things in life could be those that a person did not even have thought of even once. Life, as what they say is full of surprises. We don’t know what possibilities will unfold when we give our very best to everything we do.

The Unexpected News

It was one of those typical nights when I received a text message from our Supervisor telling me that I need to book a round trip ticket on Cebu Pacific or Zest Air to Tacloban. The traveling period would be from April 6, 2013, to  April 11, 2013.  Surprisingly, Enronel, my student, would be competing for the National Schools Press Conference. I was not expecting that we could still vie for the National Level but that year, another category for Journalism competition was added and it made the students who bagged the 4th place in the Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference (RSPC) Photojournalism Category to be qualified. I was overjoyed that I couldn’t believe it! Immediately, I informed my family and our school principal about the good news.

Reality started to bite the next day. I did not know how to book a flight. With zero knowledge on it, frustrations soared high. Everyone was busy giving me a hint that I should do my own research by myself.I searched for steps on how to book a flight.  No idea yet that time about seat sale and with the scarcity of time, no chance for me to wait for a seat sale. Our supervisor needed our flight information soon.  Finally, I made my first ever flight booking through the telephone. Having no credit card to use, I just paid for the plane ticket through cash within that day.

Collided Stories

The weeks before the National Competition were filled with various activities for trainers and students.It was fascinating how our very own anecdotes will be included in the stories of others who also won in the Regional Competition. Through interactions on seminars and training, these different experiences, knowledge, and unique ideas were put up together to build a single story of inspiration in Journalism.

We were busy bees making honey for the upcoming competitions. I prayed hard that we would be in good health as I did not want our efforts to turn into a waste.  My whole focus was on the competition and how to give the best of my knowledge to my student. We attended religiously all seminars, meetings, and training as part of the preparation for the contest. From there, new friendships, new knowledge, and new experiences were forged.

Looking Back: Journey of a Milestone Through Journalism

Looking Back: Journey of a Milestone Through Journalism

NAIA Terminal 4 Experience

The day we had been waiting for eventually arrived. Being inexperienced in the airport, I felt a bit fidgety going to all those security checks, getting the boarding pass and waiting for our flight schedule. It was really a daunting experience. My student undeniably would be under my care and supervision during our 5-day stay in the Visayas. I was like a strict older sister to a playful young boy who was at times, a bit difficult to discipline.

The NAIA terminal 4 where we were bounded looked old, small, congested, and lacks seats for passengers. When I told our school driver that we would be going to NAIA Terminal 4, he gave me a skeptic glance. This NAIA Terminal 4 was not popular and he even gave a doubt that it existed. Perhaps I was wrong? Or could the airline be wrong? I made a hasty research about it and found out that it was also known as the Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal.  Despite the inconvenience we experienced in NAIA Terminal 4, the ventilation and wi-fi were satisfying. Enronel and I were able to check e-mails and update our Facebook status without hassle.

Boredom silently crept on me while watching the hands of the clock moving slowly.  I wanted to sleep but I couldn’t. I was scared that we might miss the flight if I did. My imagination wandered back in our house.  There I saw my unoccupied room. My warm blanket, my soft rectangular pillows, and my sleeping mat. All of them were seating motionless on the side of my bed. My parents were sleeping soundly together. My sister was dreaming already while hugging tightly her pillow. I heaved a sigh. I missed my bed.

Looking Back: Journey of a Milestone Through Journalism

Hello NSPC!

After waiting for almost an eternity, a gate agent finally called for boarding. With our luggage and carriers, Enronel and I pushed our way through the tarmac where the aircraft was waiting for us.

Looking Back: Journey of a Milestone Through Journalism

The huge size of it made my heart beat fast. It was like I was about to ride a huge bird and this would make it possible for me to soar the sky. We were excited and at the same time agitated while we boarded the passenger stairs to the aircraft.

Looking Back: Journey of a Milestone Through Journalism

As we stepped inside Zest Air, I glanced down at the stubs in my hand where I and Enronel would be seated. A pre-flight announcement was done. We were asked to fasten our seatbelts and secure our baggage. As the plane started to take off, the buildings and houses looked tiny that they could be compared to children’s toys. When all found their seats already, a safety briefing was introduced in case of emergency. Enronel and I turned off our phone and I just hugged my handbag when the temperature turned colder. While in the sky, it felt like the airplane was not speeding at all.  It The flight was very smooth unlike when it was beginning to take off. It made me entered in a trance and fell asleep.

The sudden and unexpected continuous turbulence of the aircraft woke me up. We were about to land soon. I gazed at the sea of clouds which seemed to be playing and dancing in the sky. Every inch of me was joyful and everything was spectacular especially when the sun was about to rise.  The sun’s dazzling rays welcomed us as we were about to land at the airport.We arrived safely and that was the start of our another journey in Journalism. Another fight for the final level of competition.

Looking Back: Journey of a Milestone Through Journalism

The awarding of the winners was done on the 11th of April. Unfortunately, we were not able to make it in the Collaborative Publishing Competition. We just thought that there must be a good reason for that.  Sometimes, we could not really have the best of both worlds in our hands. The experience of being a participant in this kind of competition was already a reward in itself. It was indeed a milestone for me.  From winning in the School-Based Competition, Division Level, up to the Regional Level was already overwhelming. It was tough but Enronel was able to surpass all the challenges. Even though he did not win in the National Secondary Schools Press Conference, in my heart he would always be a great Photojournalist, a victorious winner.


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Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A simple Filipina who was born with a natural love for books and languages.

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25 Comments to Once Upon A Time of Being a Journalist: Behind the Scenes

  1. […] heard my prayer. My first airplane experience was when we competed for a national competition in Visayas Region. After a year, my boyfriend and I went on a trip to Singapore. Although […]

  2. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    This is such a great honor. I participated in some writing things when I was younger. This is such a great accomplishment!

  3. Tina Butler says:

    What an awesome achievement! Writing is hard and I could only imagine being a journalist. I am a blogger and I have a hard time with that sometimes. Congrats.

  4. Betty says:

    Wow being a participant in a national competition is quite an experience! And I love how you described your experience traveling by airplane to the competition. Congrats on all your accomplishments!

  5. I didn’t know there is Naia Terminal 4? I used to fly and we were always taking our flights from naia terminal 3. And every month i do visit terminal 1 because it where my husband lands every month from Doha. Thats the airport which really sucks. It is crowded and congested most of the time. Now im wondering where terminal 4 is. Hahaha! Anyway that was quite an experience 🙂

  6. I have never joined any school competition other than the usual Science Fair but to represent the school in other places is a huge achievement. I wish I was able to do that when I was still at school.

    Also, your airport experience will be added as a learning experience. Each trip will hopefully better than the last. 🙂

  7. Indrani says:

    Participation too is a great feat! I liked how you described your flight experience.
    Even today after so many flights the re is that same flutter in my stomach during take off and landing.
    Wish you the very best in future competitions.

  8. I used to represent my school in various school press conferences too. Sadly, when it’s time for the National event, my school can’t afford to send us to compete. I lost interest in doing journalism, however I still love to write. Congrats!

  9. Andrea says:

    This is a great post because it is so inspiring. Well done for organising your flights and surviving the security checks, etc. To be honest, one always feels a little stressful when going through airports and this never dissipates! Congratulations on all of your endeavours and achievements.

  10. ASKSonnie says:

    Win or lose in a competition, the experience we gained is already a win! And the lessons we learn can’t be taken by anybody from us. These experiences serve as foundation for future endeavors, and who knows, the next time around your next team might win 🙂

  11. Carola says:

    Congratulations for getting that far. That’s a huge achievement. It must have been so exciting. And good that you managed to book your flight without experience!

  12. Mimi says:

    Wow, congratulations! I remember the days when I competed as a feature writer up until RSPC. I wasn’t able to make it to NSPC because at that time, they only took the top 3 🙁 Still, it was a wonderful experience for me and it eventually led me to my love for blogging! Who knew? I’m sure there will be another chance for your school next time! 🙂

  13. What an inspiring story! You’ve been through so much! I’m so happy to have read your story. You’re a real talented person. God bless!

  14. Congratulations for getting this far.. It is not easy to win but it is being a part of the whole thing, learning from it and gaining memories, experiences that should be treasured… my daughter will be also going for a camp and I hope she enjoys herself and learn about it all too……

  15. Congrats! I can say that writing changed my own path. The glory of the byline is a good boost. Plus, it literally has taken me places. Hope for more success stories in journalism!

  16. RedRiteUK says:

    What an amazing experience and hope you get many more new experiences 🙂 I can fully understand the booking a flight worries, I have experienced that myself

  17. Zwitsy says:

    As a teacher, I am sure how proud you were of him and is still proud of the achievement both you have done. I really admire teachers, professors, and the like about their passion towards teaching and guiding. You are truly one of the best. And such memories are definitely a treasure to keep.

    • ROBERT LEE says:

      I forgot to mention earlier. There are two professions that I place higher than others – teachers and soldiers. I think there are many professions that add value to the life of people. On one hand, soldiers give their life for us, teachers plant us with the seeds to grow our life. 🙂

  18. Serena Reidy says:

    Sounds like a real achievement, congratulations!

  19. Cykaniki says:

    You’re still a winner, congratulations to your team, it’s a lot of hardwork, the fact that you were there and was able to learn new thing, meet a lot of people , it’s already a great prize ?

  20. Shai Habon says:

    Wow! Congratulations! I think it’s best when you’re given recognition while you do things that you love. Can’t wait to hear more from you through your blog posts! 🙂

  21. momi berlin says:

    Congratulations still. It was indeed an achievement. You must be real proud. It has been three years and surely, your student must have achieved more. This is a nice way to look at the past and push us to achieve more in the future.

  22. ROBERT LEE says:

    I feel you. Congratulations and it was a very good experience for you. The nice thing is that as you work, you are given an opportunity to learn more each day, in this case, travel to Tacloban being one. I hope you continue to write more of your experiences. Cheers!

  23. Nice! I was part of my school paper in high school and college and we also joined competitions like these! It’s really a nice thing to look back to the good old days 🙂 Goodluck for the other upcoming competitions if there would be any!


    • anarose says:

      Thank you! I hope so that we will soon again experience to compete in NSPC. 🙂

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