by Karl Nelson II, Intern Media
Just in case you’re wondering what it’s like to attend a conference like Collision as a member of the media, here you go.
First things first. For those media professionals like myself who truly love what we do and don’t view this as a job, it all starts when we receive word of the invite. The feeling that runs through our bodies and the way that our eyes light up, it reminds us that we’re in the right profession.
It doesn’t end there though. There’s a crazy level of preparation that comes with a responsibility like this; an endless amount of complex reading, grueling writing and research sessions, interview preparation, video preparation, and a test of your overall creativity.
It’s almost like being a professional athlete. You don’t just show up to the “game,” put your uniform on and walk onto the court or field for the opening whistle, tip or kickoff.
As a media professional, you must arrive to the scene hours in advance just like some of the worlds greatest athletes.
You have to be mentally and professionally prepared to not only do your job, but to also look for opportunities to develop a career-changing story or a career-changing moment for yourself, for your represented platform and most importantly for your audience.
It’s this level of preparation that sometimes has me feeling like that NBA superstar arriving to the arena in my Johnston and Murphy shoes, tailored fit suit, Ralph Lauren backpack, and my studio Dre Beats headphones, of course.
Maybe the brief description that I’ve just provided you with will have you thinking about that reporter, journalist, or camera man the next time you’re watching a sporting event or attending one of America’s fastest growing conferences in the future like Collision.
In the event that this write up crosses your mind, just think about the thousands of media outlets out there today who are dedicated to bringing you and millions of others the very best media coverage day in and day out.
Intern Media is dedicated to doing the same in its own uncommon way, focusing on the established individual and the individual in today’s society who’s lacking a voice. | ΚΜΝ
Thanks again to Collision, a technology conference colliding the tech world with prominent sponsors and some of the most profound media outlets around the world today.