After a dangerous amount of built up nervous anticipation, I have completed week one of my internship and Iâ€™m still alive!
Among many things, week one has certainly been an experience worth remembering.
The first couple of days were the most difficult. Somewhat disillusioned and fraught that I didnâ€™t have what it took, I found myself questioning a career in print (newspaper) journalism.
I was warned though by the chief-of-staff that I would arrive to a chaotic scene.
But as the week continued I grew more comfortable in the newsroom and in my own writing ability. Overcoming paranoia that the chief-of-staff and editor were listening and judging my every phone interview was probably the hardest part. Writing the actual story seemed a piece of cake – in comparison that is!
Thursday was undoubtedly the weeks climax. The dayâ€™s highlights included meeting and talking to John Fairfax, visiting the printing press and getting an unexpected page-three byline. 🙂
Amid the highs and lows, I am amazed at just how much you can learn in one week. I am fortunate that the staff have been welcoming and have given me a lot of good advice. As one of the photographers said to me:
â€œJust take everything in your stride and youâ€™ll be fineâ€.
Good luck for week two Jschool!
(I tried to post this yesterday but wasn’t able to)