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Hardly Strictly Young in Missouri

I’m still attempting to recover from having my brain juices drained at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri as part of Hardly Strictly Young.

I think I’d have a hard time trying to explain why I was there and the purpose of the event. Luckily before I started the trip back to Birmingham yesterday, I was able to corner event host (& Spot.Us founder) David Cohn to help me do just that:

This opportunity was needed and greatly appreciated. I think David’s last comment stuck with me the most – operating a website means that I don’t have work colleagues in the traditional sense. Hardly Strictly Young, Block by Block and other events revolving around journalism in all of its forms give me a chance to expand the circle of those I can interact with virtually on a regular basis. It also reminds me that I’m not necessarily alone running this marathon.

I can’t make it up to Philadelphia for BCNI, but I’m already trying to figure out how I’m getting to TEDxPoynterInstitute.

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As you can see, I expanded that circle of colleagues and confidants by more than 30. I think it’s safe to say I also gained a couple of new friends in the process. I left with some practical lessons and some ideas for the future of The Terminal and the career in general.

What were those lessons? Hopefully I’ll be sharing them (and a few links to others who’ve already fleshed out what they could lead to) later on this evening…

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