A Reporter Without a Beat
This is the life of a small town, general assignment reporter. I'm covering stories that are slow, small, important and yet a important in a pedantic way.
I wish I had a beat-- a regular subject a reporter covers daily and learns to know as well as anyone in that area-- to cover instead of this little, quick and uneducated stuff I'm required to do because I here for the summer and I am at the bottom of the reporting chain. Preferably a state politics or crime beat.
General assignment is the pits because you never really know your area, are always catching up and feeling stupid and in danger of making major errors in your copy.
Sometimes you need a descent fire and some good ambulance chasing to break up the road construction/city council stories.