Progress Journal for JRNL 423-Reflection on Final Magazine Article

I’m very excited about this article that I completed over the weekend. I wrote it for my magazine article writing class, but I have bigger plans for the piece. This summer, I’m going to pitch it to Essence or Ebony. It would be a dream come true if one of these amazing publications actually published my article, which is about interracial dating among black women and white men. This is a topic that I’ve always wanted to write about but never really got the chance until now. In my article, I discuss the common notions that discourage black women from dating outside their race, negative stereotypes, swirling for the right reasons and dealing with haters.

I have to say I’m proud of myself because I was able to interview a lot of well-accomplished people including Niki McElroy, actress and author of A Black Girl’s Guide to Dating White Men. I also had the opportunity to speak with Christelyn Karazin, co-author of Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed. Karazin’s work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s Day and Ebony/jet.com. I also talked to Zeus Panthera, founder of thesocialgods.com. He is alsoΒ  married to a black woman who is the administrator of interracialintersection.com Although this assignment is due tonight, I will continue to perfect my article and find a few more sources. List of people to contact: Kimberly Jade Norwood, professor of Law and African-American studies at Washington University), B. Scott, columnist for Ebony.com/multimedia haven. He’s also interviewed celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Ne-yo and appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, Joan Steinau Lester, author of Black, White, Other and I would also like to interview Zeus Panthera’s wife. I contacted Professor Norwood on Saturday and she was very willing to help, so I’m going to send her a few questions this week, but I obviously won’t receive a response in time for this assignment.

Overall, I’m very proud of the work I’ve done for this assignment. I have to admit when I heard we would be writing a 2,000 world article, I didn’t know if I would be able to do it because of the limited amount of time (summer classes go by so fast) I had and I never wrote a 2,000 word article before, but I surprised myself. The final draft ended up being a little over 2,800 words. To be honest, I’m not at all surprised at the quality of work I’ve produced because I’m a perfectionist. What really surprised me was how many people were willing to share their expertise and experience with me regarding the topic.

I chose to write about this topic because people seem to think interracial dating applies to everyone except for black women. As a product of an interracial marriage (African-American mother/Chaldean father), I don’t understand why it’s so controversial to some people. Although I had prior knowledge and experience, writing this article and talking to different sources gave me a new perspective on interracial dating. All in all, I feel that my article was successful. I feel that I have a good chance at getting this article published if I continue to polish it over the course of the next few weeks. It would be a great opportunity to break into the magazine industry, which is so difficult to do. This has got to be my favorite journalism class that I’ve taken so far. It really helped inspire me to keep going as a journalist because for a while, I was listening to a lot of nay-sayers, but if you have a great idea and take matters into your own hands, you have a pretty good chance at making it as a freelance journalist and you can make a lot of money do it, too!

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