It was an unknown number. "Hello?"
"Hi, this is Paul Goldberg from the Cancer Letter. Am I speaking with Matthew?"
"Yep. Hi Paul, nice to meet you. So it looks like I got the job?"
"Yeah. Looking forward to working with you. You have a stellar resume, and your website is sharp; could use you to work on ours too...what is that noise???"
"Oh. I'm fossil hunting. By a waterfall. Yes."
"Interesting. Anyway, how do you want to get started with the job?"
"Well, I'm doing this so I'll have better chances of landing a full-time one when I graduate in December, so just throw me at the road and I'll hit it running."
"OK. Sounds good."
Three weeks later: First work day, two books to read for prep, and my first story is due Friday — about a big-time white-collar criminal who falsified information on a drug sales agreement between two corporations; a fiasco drawn out over more than six years. So yes. Right into the flames I go, but I say bring it on! :) Plus, Paul is awesomely candid, so I'm darn sure this job will rock.
After work, all the WMI students commuted downtown to visit the Voice of America, a federally-funded news organization serving an audience of over 140 million worldwide in 43 languages. It's a good 45 minutes away by bus and train from where I work, and I got my first taste of D.C.'s insane rush hour.