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Lindsay's Outlook - Lindsay GossJuly 17th marks two milestones for me. The first milestone it marks is my 75th day living in the Crowsnest Pass. I have had the opportunity to meet a great deal of the citizens here in the Pass, from council members, to business owners. I have met fellow journalists, artists and musicians.
I have met group coordinators, event organizers and association establishers. I have met directors, managers and administrators. I met priests, pastors and ministers. I have met the young, and I have met the old.
And, despite, all your differences, backgrounds and job titles, almost all of you have asked me the exact same question.
“So Lindsay, where did you come from?”
My answer, as most of you already know, has been a short one. “I’m from Calgary.”
If you were lucky, I might’ve gone on to say what a big change it has been, or what I like about the Pass, or my recent discoveries around the municipality but for the most part, my answers have been best described as vague.
The second milestone today marks is my 21st birthday.
In honour of my 7671 day on Earth, and my 75th day in the Pass, I am going to tell you all about myself. I am going to give you a proper introduction, so that after this article is realised, my title hopefully will change from “new girl in town” to “girl in town.”
My name is Lindsay Goss, and I was born in Foothills Hospital in Calgary, on one of Calgary’s hottest days of the summer.
I knew I wanted to be a journalist when I was 13, after my grade eight English teacher told me I should find a career in writing. I had my first article published when I was 15, after I had the opportunity to interview a Canadian gospel singer. The article was published in a monthly magazine called The Carillon, a publication primarily distributed to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.
I started at SAIT Polytechnic in the fall of 2010, and my first class was photojournalism. I remember sending my sister an angry email immediately after that class expressing my rage at the requirement to take photojournalism. Back then, I highly disliked photography and I was about as useless with a camera as The Edmonton Oilers are with a hockey puck.
But, in due time, the art of photography grew on me and the camera became a good friend of mine.
It was halfway through the first year of my journalism program that I discovered my love for politics, more specifically, my love for political debate.
I often sat down with one of my instructors who was a former political journalist for the Calgary Herald.
 
We would spend the better part of an hour discussing current political events and occurrences, especially related to Calgary. He often asked me why I was taking journalism and not political science, to which I answered, “I’m better at telling the truth.”
Through the power of networking, I have been able to meet many politicians over the past two years, and participate in numerous debates, functions and events.
Another way I voiced my opinions of current events and the city was by writing letters to the editor of the Calgary Herald, as well as half a dozen other publications.
In the fall of 2011, I learned video journalism and how to document events through the use of video.
A project I had to complete this past December was to make a movie of an event happening around Calgary. I decided to report on Occupy Calgary, and I hung out with the brave occupants and camped in their tents for the better part of one day. Temperatures were close to 20 below, and with my mittens on, I could barely set up my tripod. The winds were blistering cold and my face was frozen within 20 minutes of standing outside.
That was the day I learned that journalism can be painfully difficult. However, after seeing the end result, I also learned how rewarding journalism can be.
In March, I started a one month practicum at the Cochrane Times. I had ten articles and 14 photos published. I reported at my first council meeting, participated in my first media scrum, and was able to meet even more politicians- Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith being one of them.
The short practicum got my feet wet in the journalism industry, and helped me peer into my future as a journalist. On my last day at the Cochrane Times, I saw a job posting for a reporting position in the Crowsnest Pass.
I distinctly remember turning to a fellow reporter and asking him where that is. “Its southwest isn’t it?” I asked.
After getting the job at the Pass Herald, my dad and I typed “Blairmore” into Google, and we learned about Emil Picariello and Florence Lossandra. “Your new town sounds like its haunted,” my dad said. I remembered nervously laughing.
I feel that I have come to the Pass at a time of intense debate and great controversy, and I am excited to see what future outcomes of current discussions will be. I think that this is a great place to be a journalist and I feel very fortunate to be one.
Thank you to all who have made me feel welcome here in the beautiful mountains of the Crowsnest Pass.
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