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HUNTER: Perks, pits of America’s worst job

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A recent study by CareerCast.com found being a newspaper reporter is the worst job in the nation.

I’ll admit it’s stressful at times, but I thought I should share some of the reasons why I love, and sometimes hate, this job. But, it is always worth it.

Saturday, April 20
After getting off from work at Target, which started my day bright and early at 4 a.m., I was off to Floyd Stadium for the 2013 MTSU Blue-White Spring football game. With the shift to Conference USA later this fall, it was one of the most anticipated spring games in recent history.

11:45 a.m.: Arrived at Floyd Stadium on a perfect spring day for a football game. I went into the press box, and MTSU Athletic Communications Director Mark Owens filled me in on the unusual scoring rules for the game, which was offense versus defense because of several key Blue Raider players out due to injuries.

1:01 p.m.: On the first play of game, senior quarterback Logan Kilgore found fellow senior wide receiver Kyle Griswould on a deep pass and the game was underway.

Kilgore completed his first seven passes on the day against a defense that was limited on how much pressure it was allowed to put on the quarterback. He only played the first half, and finished nine-for-11 for 118 yards and a touchdown.

2 p.m.: It’s halftime and most of the 5,000 fans in attendance are on the field forming a C-USA logo. It looked pretty good, except they forgot to cover the Sun Belt logo, which is still on the field. MTSU officials told me by the first home game on Aug. 29 against Western Carolina, a new C-USA logo will be in place.

3:10 p.m.: The game ended with the offense winning out 52-40. Interviews are conducted with head coach Rick Stockstill and a few players about their performance.  Then it was time to go home and get ready for the Kickin’ It for a Cause benefiting Autism Speaks event at Stones River County Club.

6:02 p.m.: I arrived at the county club for the event. I went into a secluded area to read over my speech one last time before speaking.

7:27 p.m.: I’m introduced on stage by event organizer Holly Thornhill and gave my speech in front of a huge crowd inside the ballroom.

7:43 p.m.: I finished giving my speech, “Taking It One Day at a Time,” and received a standing ovation for the first time. It really meant a lot to me, and I hope I helped raise money for a great cause.

It was an honor to speak in front of a great audience, and Mrs. Thornhill along with the rest of the volunteers did a tremendous job putting on the event.

8:14 p.m.: Headed home for the night to get ready for church the next morning and then cover the last ever Sun Belt Conference home game for MTSU’s softball team.

Sunday, April 21
10:53 a.m.: After a wonderful sermon by Pastor Charles Ray at Lighthouse Baptist Church and stopping for breakfast, I was off to the Blue Raider softball field for a matchup between MTSU and North Texas.

11:42 a.m.: Two Lady Raider seniors, Nina Davenport and Chelsea Good, were honored as part of Senior Day.

1:36 p.m.: Lady Raider centerfielder Nina Dever crushed a Mean Green pitch over the left field wall to cut the North Texas lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth. However, the Mean Green scored six runs off of two home runs, including a grand slam in the top of the sixth and picked up a 10-2 win over MTSU.

2:10 p.m.: One of my least favorite things about this job is interviewing a losing coach, especially after a tough loss. However, I really appreciate MTSU head coach Jeff Breeden taking the time to talk with me after the game. I know it has been a tough year for the entire program, but Breeden and the players have handled every bit of it with grace and dignity.

2:30 p.m.: Headed home for the day and turned the television to NBC Sports Network to watch the Long Beach Grand Prix. By the way, Hendersonville native Josef Newgarden finished 13th in the race.

As you can read, it was a very busy weekend for me both personally and professionally, but it is just part of one of the greatest jobs in the world. MP
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