My first day at internship has been somewhat of a non-event really. I arrived at the Milton office promptly at 9am and the first thing the editor said to me was, ‘you didn’t have to come in today’. I don’t know why he didn’t tell me that when I spoke to him on Friday, but oh well.
I got a computer and sat down, logged in, and was given the task of ringing round the local police stations to find out if anything exciting had happened over the weekend, to write up for their police news. But as luck would have it the long weekend had been extremely quiet. All of the local crims had behaved themselves so there wasn’t anything to write about!
And that was the only task I was given for the day, despite asking for more. The paper goes to press tonight and so all last minute pieces were being written, so I was kind of redundant really.
So I spent my time scouring the internet for story ideas that could work, and then running them past the editor. I now know why Desley has been stressing to go to the internship with story ideas – it may be the only thing you get to do!! Although the editor said I’ll be going out with reporters and then going out by myself, I’ll just have to wait and see if that happens. I hope so, but in the meantime I’ll have to think up my own news.
I was sent home at 2pm, which made for a short working day, but as there wasn’t a hell of a lot to do it kind of made sense really.