My First Article in the Street Sheet

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You can read it online at http://www.streetsheet.org/?p=3021

As I walked down 6th street with a friend last night, a man approached us with a bundle of newspapers. “Donations. Donations. I’m taking donations,” he said as he displayed the paper. Immediately, I grabbed my wallet and extracted $2, the exact cost for one copy of the Street Sheet, and exchanged the money for this very exciting issue. Sam, the Editor, told me she ran my article, but I had no idea how it looked. Needless to say, I was eager to see how my first news publication turned out.

I flipped through page after page, scanning for my article, and when I found it, I laughed with unexpected joy. A whole page, the article took up a whole page! Then, the skipping began and the exclamations of joy. Quite a surprise. I wrote the article two weeks ago and rather quickly, and after I emailed it to Sam, I pretty much forgot about it. Sure, I knew it was pending publication, but the reality of its manifestation dissipated. Only as I beheld the article in front of me, did I absorb its import. I accomplished something tangible.

Most importantly, now, I have something to motivate my peers with. Sam wants to have an entire edition written by the homeless and home-free youth to bring light to youth homelessness which has been somewhat overlooked. I have shown a few friends of mine today, and afterwards, I inform them of the youth issue and how they too can have a full page of their own. It’s an exciting time!

 

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