Interning at The News-Herald is anything but consistent...in the most
positive way, of course.
The excitement building up to these two weeks
was probably not even enough now that I look back and see what I've done
in just two and a half days.
Journalism is such an interesting thing
for me to start with, but to see just what goes into a daily paper is
crazy, and it makes my monthly school paper look like the easiest thing
in the world.
First arriving, I met a girl who was also shadowing here
named Jordyn, and even though she's not here to say, having her has been
a real treat.
It also helps that I'm not the only young high school kid
who doesn't know the first thing about the professional world besides
the "Take Your Child to Work Day" events my mother used to take me to.
On Monday after meeting Jordyn, the two of us went to the Grand River
with writer Matthew Skrajner. There's something about hearing news first
that makes me feel powerful, and Matt did a wonderful job in making
sure we understood what we were doing; he even gave us the opportunity
to ask questions if we had any.
That is the type of internship I was
looking for when I went on the search in January for my senior project
The next day, Tuesday was totally different than Monday.
Less overwhelmed with new names and introductions, I was able to do a
little more on my own. I sat in on a meeting and learned about how
planning works here.
I also gave some suggestions on what could possibly
be updated in a later issue, which was fun. I actually felt like I had a
voice, and if you knew me, I love to have a voice!
Now we enter today,
Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Jordyn and I sat at a breakfast at about 8 this
morning with some of the bloggers in the community, who are on the
News-Herald website. This morning, I questioned my motives all the way
from my house in Novelty to the office.
When I got here, however, I was
glad I managed to crawl out of bed at six this morning.
Because of the
fact that Jordyn and I were there early, we even were allowed to film and write the NH Newsbreak
! How cool is that?! I'll be honest, I'm way
proud of the good job we did with that. It took a few tries before we
stopped laughing, but in the end we both buckled down and got the job
done. Though it's only two and a half days of my internship, I'm having
the time of my life. Everyone I've met has been incredibly nice and I
don't have a single complaint yet, and that's a miracle for me!
- Maria Franchina