The last month or so has been a total whirlwind for me. Just within the past two weeks, I lost my job and had to move out of my apartment, back into my mom's house. I've also filed for unemployment, and am planning on finally, finally finishing up my degree (which has been in progress for quite some time now, as lack of money has made it so that I've stopped and started numerous times).
All this newfound free time on my hands has led me to reactivate some of my old projects, such as my blog, where I write reviews of the local restaurants in my area. It's been lying dormant for a few months, as I'd been too busy to write posts, and too poor to go out to eat. Not that I had very many readers to begin with, mind you—I think my all-time high visitor count on a single day was 43.
Yesterday, I opened up my blog's Facebook page, and saw a message that'd been sitting there for a little over a month. It was from a member of the county legislature, describing a new food event that the legislature was putting on involving youth groups and local food, and asking if I wanted to be a part of it.
I got in touch with him today, and he asked me to cover the event as a media outlet. Featuring the press release on my blog, conducting interviews with the participants, taking photos, the whole nine yards.
I have no idea what to say to this. On the one hand, it's a fantastic opportunity to get my name out there and start taking this whole thing seriously. On the other hand, I have exactly zero journalistic background, and don't know the first thing about what kind of questions to ask or what notes to take. I don't even have a real camera; just my cellphone.
I feel like I'd be stupid to pass this up, but I'm so afraid of bombing spectacularly. I haven't given him my answer yet, but I'd like to do so by tomorrow (the event is next Thursday; press release comes out Monday). The whole thing's got me feeling like Fluttershy, here:
Can anyone think of a legitimate reason for me not to go ahead with this? And can anyone who's had to conduct an interview give me pointers, so that I'm not completely caught off-guard?