As an avid television fan, I've been watching lots of it lately. My favorite channel, MTV, has gotten the bulk of my attention. The "music" channel's latest concoction is an interesting show about experienced high school journalists, called "The Paper". As an aspiring journalist myself, I have an inclination for the wonderful world of journalists.
The show follows the student staff of "The Circuit", the award-winning school newspaper of Cypress Bay High in Weston, Florida. The show began by showing the students bid and submit essays to compete for positions within the staff of the paper, the most coveted position being the all mighty Editor-in-Chief.
I was really hoping that the "The Paper" would do something to explain all of the
different staff positions each person earned within "The Circuit", but they did not.
Instead of helping viewers learn, MTV is doing what it usually does in displaying these kids as whiny and confrontational. Maybe that's who they really are, but I'm still watching to see if they do, in fact, show what story ideas they come up with as well what each job entails.
The most intriguing character is Amanda, a self-absorbed, but hard-working young
journalist who has earned the Editor-in-chief title. He personality is quirky and
sometimes weird, but what makes her different makes her great. She keeps me watching.
All in all "The Paper" still is inspiration for me simply because MTV has decided to air a show about what I want to do. I've just "signed on" to write for the Indiana Daily Student, IU's own student newspaper, and I'm very excited about it. I begin working this summer and I will do everything I can to continue to improve as a young journalist. As for MTV's "The Paper", I'm hoping to catch on to anything I can by watching. If nothing else, all of the whining and arguing can be entertaining.