"All art is quite useless" -Oscar Wilde

"Don't romaticise your 'vocation.' You can either write good sentences or you can't. There is no 'writer's lifestyle.' All that matter is what you leave on the page." -Zadie Smith

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting, struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness" -George Orwell

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Budget and Busyness

This is the story that came out of covering the provincial budget. It’s about the 1.5 per cent increase in funding for the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and how the artistic community sees that as insufficient. Covering the budget was a drawn-out, stressful, but exciting experience.  It was frustrating because, although we had received an embargoed copy earlier, we couldn't talk to anyone about it until the budget was officially released at 2:15 pm. This meant most of our interviews took place after 3, and the day was very, very long.
I probably would have enjoyed it more if it were not thrown in the middle of ‘shit-week’ (what our class named last week). The week had so much due: a min-doc story board worth 5%, a written feature worth 20%, a class presentation worth 5%, a pitch worth 30%, an editorial worth 10%, and an 11-hour budget day.
Covering the budget was interesting and exciting, though, and I can definitely see it as something I could get into.
-Noah out

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