Rikki Allie

Photo by Frank Langheinrich


Time is a valuable resource and during my story I was shown just how much time is really needed. As I began to plan for my interview, I found that I had to navigate my own time constraints while also being extra attentive to the time of my interviewee.

Planning, recording, interpreting and putting the story into a coherent story takes an incredible amount of time management skills.

I started to map out due dates, work schedules and school schedules. Those three things did not mesh well together. Planning interviews was a little complicated; both my sources have lives of their own.

But both sources were very accommodating and helpful. Charisse Hunter was willing to go to dinner at Salt Lake City Pizza and Pasta. This made it easy because it was both a very calming and neutral setting but also the interview was not rushed because one of us had to be somewhere.

Dylan’s interview was completely different but I was grateful that he was willing to take time out of his day to sit down with me for even a few minutes. I met with him in between classes one day and since we both had to go to class right after the interview I was trying to get as much done as I could in the short amount of time I had.

This proved to be a problem. I didn’t have all the information I needed and had to clarify a few things later in the week while trying to interpret what he told me. This ended up taking more time in the end. Calling back sources and clarifying took more time than following up during the first interviews would have taken.

The main thing that I learned through this whole class is that follow up and time are the two most important things in journalism. You can never have enough time and you need to always follow up, ask question after question, even if it doesn’t seem relevant at the time. Because, if you spend more time on trying to follow up later you just waste what little time you do have to write, rewrite and polish.


I wish I could say that I have always known what I wanted to be when I grew up.

When I was little I remember looking at my mom and saying, “I want to be a nurse.” That was the only thing I wanted to do, until I was about 10 or 11 years old. Then I started watching the emergency and trauma reality shows on television. As the images of blood and trauma flashed across the screen and my stomach turned at the sights, both my mom and I knew that nursing was definitely out of the question! I didn’t really think about my future career again until late into my junior year of high school.

During my junior year, I started to research potential careers. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were just entering their prime, and I really enjoyed the new medium for personal professional communications. At first, like nursing, it sounded perfect, until I realized that it would be spending more time at a desk than out talking to people. I am a talker and sitting behind a desk was not what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My mother said I should try doing public relations. Once I started to look at the opportunities and what I would be doing I knew that public relations was where I wanted to be.

I am now into my third year of classes at the University of Utah and will be finishing in December 2012 with a BA in mass communication and a minor in economics. I have great support and encouragement from my mother and my father, both graduates of the U.

I am only 20 years old and have a lot of time on my hands. I love the idea of travel. I can’t wait until I am done with school so I can go see the world. After enjoying some “me time,” I look forward to a long and happy career in a public relations role, ideally as part of the entertainment industry.