Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

Aug. 21, 2008

I woke up at 5:25 this morning.  And yesterday morning.  And I’ll do the same tomorrow morning.  It’s a hard life, being a news monitor, but I don’t really have a choice.

As part of my Periodismo Mundial (Global Journalism) class, I am required to wake up before dawn, turn on the radio and transcribe the top story from the first broadcast of the day.  I e-mail that transcript to the big news monitor boss, who puts it up online with all the other top stories from the other news stations. And apparently people read our little news digest.

Supposedly, when I apply for a job in the field of journalism, my prospective boss will value the fact that I know how to be a news monitor.  Someone will value the fact that I record the 5:45 a.m. broadcast of La Red de Radio Red (AM 1540), listen to it piece by piece, guess the spelling of all the words I don’t know, and then look up those maybe-words in a dictionary to figure out whether they are actually words or if I’ve just misunderstood the announcer.

Here’s today’s top story. (Summary: politicians are working to combat the rampant kidnapping occuring across the country.)

Hoy por la tarde a las 5 en el Salón Tesorería del Palacio Nacional se va a llevar a cabo la vigésimo tercera (23ª) sesión del Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Pública, pero nadie piensa que ésta va a ser una sesión normal. El Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Pública, presidido por el ingeniero Genaro García Luna, Secretario de Seguridad Pública del gobierno federal, va a preparar y presentar para su firma un acuerdo nacional para la lucha en contra de la inseguridad.

Se están planteando un serie de medidas para combatir el secuestro y otros crímenes. Entre estas medidas está planteando la posibilidad de construir reclusorios federales específicamente para secuestradores, también se está planteando la posibilidad de ofrecer recompensas a ellos que ofrecen información sobre los delincuentes. Se habla también de crear una cérula de identidad personal independiente o que se reemplace a la actual tarjeta credencial de elector que utilizamos los mexicanos para identificarnos. El acuerdo nacional de seguridad habría de ser firmado hoy.

Someone will eventually appreciate the half-hour (or more …) that it takes me to transcribe a minute-long news story for the greater benefit of the World Wide Web. Someday.

That person certainly won’t be my roommate, who has to deal with the fact that – even though it’s 6:30 a.m. and I don’t have class ‘til 10 – I can’t fall back to sleep once I’ve engaged in such hard work. Or my friends, who laugh at me for going to bed at 9:30 on a Wednesday, hours before they even leave to go clubbing.  So to all the newspaper and magazine editors in the world – make our suffering worthwhile!  Appreciate our sacrifices!  Hire me when I graduate!

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