New Brunswick’s provincial election was Monday, Sept. 22. I was looking forward to working that day and it didn’t disappoint.
I know and care little about politics, which I suppose is odd for someone who majored in political science. I also studied journalism (“What?! Shouldn’t you find all news interesting?”) of the sports variety (“Oh.”).
However, I knew the newsroom would be lively, and it certainly was; the anticipation and excitement was palpable. Nobody seemed to know what was going on, deadlines were missed and Elections New Brunswick had some trouble with addition, but boy was it fun.
I’ve never been a professional journalist, but I know that the moments which best allow them to shine, which are the most exhilarating of their careers, are usually big things like elections, major sporting events or large-scale tragedies.
The killing of three RCMP officers in Moncton earlier this year is an example of that. Nobody wants anything like that to happen, but when they do, journalists need to be at the top of their game to tell the stories that need to be told, and properly, and so they usually are.
As a copy editor, I get to live vicariously through the journalists who work under the Brunswick News umbrella. I don’t know how crazy it was on election day or night for them, and I’ve never been in a situation like that myself, but I personally can’t wait to do it again.
Of course, there won’t be another election for quite a while, so I’ll just hope for something big (but positive, or at least not negative) to happen.