I grew up in a very small town in southern W.Va. and over the years I've had a few exciting trips to some big cities, but I had never ventured out on my own until this past week.
I got the opportunity to go to Los Angeles for the American Idol finale. My assignments were to follow two contest winners and tell their stories of being in L.A. and watching the finale.
I was able to spend some time with the winners, which I was grateful for, but a lot of the time I was on my own, working.
The work load was actually a little less than a normal day, but having to do it all in an unknown territory and sort of figure things out on my own was somewhat challenging.
Overall, I had a wonderful time and even though my stories aren't what you would call "hard news," I feel that I grew a lot as a journalist, and proved that a small-town girl can survive in the big city!