by ALEX POMPLIANO
It’s become somewhat of a cliché, saying in a retrospective astonishment that something began as an idea. In theory, everything begins as an idea. But I’ve never been a part of something from the very beginning that would eventually lead to a fully realized organization like the Nevada Media Alliance, so you’ll have to forgive the cliché.
So, it began as an idea. Sometime around October of last year, if my memory serves me correct. I was in Michael Marcotte’s office and he mentioned something about creating a new independent study at the University of Nevada, Reno that collaborated closely with local media. I said I thought it was a great idea. After mulling it over a bit, I thought it to be a brilliant idea. Coming as a fairly recent undergraduate, I knew this would opportunity would provide something really beneficial and exciting for J-students: real world experience.
In a week’s time the idea was put down on paper, peppered with comments from all of the other Reynolds School of Journalism staff. With the hodgepodge of input from all the brilliant minds of the UNR Journalism professors scribbled all over that white sheet of paper, the idea suddenly seemed to grow legs.
Fast forward to February. We’ve now been calling this idea the Nevada Media Alliance and there’s eleven other aspiring journalists signed up for it. In the meantime, we’ve also partnered with some of the best media organizations in Reno: KUNR, KNPB, and Reno Gazette-Journal. But most importantly, in the past months, we’ve been meeting feverishly to make sure all of our ducks are in a row before the 77th session of the Nevada Legislature begin.
Writing now, nearly two weeks into the session, I can say that no amount of meetings and planning can prepare you for the moment your website goes live and the organization becomes a legitimate resource for local news. It happens and all one can do is hope that things go swimmingly. Now, with our story production and social media in full throttle, I feel great about everything we’ve created in the past four months. That’s why you’ll have to excuse me that I choose to write about our fledgling organization with a retrospect.