I have finished/survived/loved the first 6 days of my internship with the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era.
It is quite amazing the amount of lessons I have learned just this week. I posted a status on Facebook after my first day with a few lessons (airing on the comical side…)
But, in all seriousness, I have been absorbing information right and left. If I’ve gleaned this much after only 6 days, I can barely fathom what I will have by the end of the summer.
One of the most amazing things that I have experienced thus far is being immersed in the news room. It truly is difficult to describe unless you are standing in one, absorbing it. It is a constant hub of activity. Police scanners buzz and chatter rhythmically. Phones ring, sometimes one at a time and others many at once. Editors and reporters call across the room to each other, giving advice and discussing stories.
I do not have a specific desk. At first, I wanted one. But now I’ve come to realize that is it better that I have to migrate each day because I get to be surrounded by the whole spectrum of reporters.
Highlights from my first week:
- Being thrown into writing stories on literally my first day (no lengthy orientation here!)
- Meeting so many kind and professional individuals
- Receiving my photo ID badge – and using it gleefully in the parking garage
- Covering my first few ‘on location’ stories
- Using my firstname.lastname@example.org email… just because it exists
This is going to be quite the extraordinary summer.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My first story as an intern (a chicken barbecue. Glamorous, I know. But you gotta start somewhere): http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/849966_Big-Sertoma-Club-chicken-barbecue-beckons-this-weekend-at-Long-s-Park.html