Walking into Sports Illustrated headquarters, I was not overwhelmed by flashing lights, decorated athletes, and big screens with the current tournament games playing. Instead, I was completely underwhelmed by a standard concrete office building with few windows. In contrast to my job shadows with The Oregonian where I was able to interview Portland trailblazer players and was personally introduced to Terry Stotts, I was disappointed. But then I realized, this is a reality check. Not everything in sports journalism is flashing lights and high profile interviews. That being said, the space did not promote creativity, the lack of windows shut out the world and my inspiration with it. In contrast to Sports Illustrated, CNN was an extension of the busy streets of Manhattan. Yes, there were flashy lights but what was most inspiring was you could see the recording of shows while you were sitting at your computer doing research or cranking out a story. The building was bright and I could feel creativity bouncing off the walls and out the windows as oppose to being suffocated by concrete walls. I think this was more of a personal revelation: I may be okay with working in an office space, but I work best in an open space surrounded by people who want to be there. It was also a reminder that not everything about the industry is courtside seats and interviews with famous athletes. I can’t lose sight of the grunt work that needs to be put in.