"A journalist is a machine that converts coffee into copy"
~Michael Ryan Elgan
I found that quote one day when I was trying to figure
out what to type for my Senior Project Proposal, a paper Mayfield makes every
student planning to go on a Senior project write, and it has basically become
the motto of my internship at the News-Herald.
Leading up to the start of my Senior Project, the days
weren’t going by fast enough. Now, it seems they are going far too quickly. It’s
hard to believe that I’ve already been here nearly two weeks. It was a little
nerve-wracking those first few days, walking into the newsroom as a lone teen
in a sea of adults, but I soon figured everything out. Everybody was so nice,
and willing to answer any questions I had, which was a huge help.
By the end of the first week, whenever someone was going
out somewhere, they were coming up to me asking if I was busy, or would like to
go with them. I went to at least one thing just about every single day, with
the only exception being that first Monday, because I was sitting in the
corner, and everyone sort of forgot I was there. It was kind of funny when one
of the writers mentioned that to me a few days later.
Being a lone teenager in the adult world is a very
daunting thing, though it was made a lot easier by everyone being so kind to me
when I arrived. The next Monday was much different than the first, especially
because, walking into the newsroom, I found that I was no longer the only teen
here. I was joined in my journalism adventure by Maria, a student from West G. It
was a totally different feeling, the shadow becoming the leader, as I introduced
Maria to the world that I had hardly even begun to figure out myself.
It’s so strange to think that I've passed the half way point of my internship here. I’ve learned so much over
the past week and a half from everyone; especially the writers that I got to go
out with and spend time really talking to one-on-one. I’ve gotten to sit in on interviews, and was
even offered to help out with one or two, as well as write and tape the NH
Newsbreak. That itself was a challenge, seeing as how I tend to get nervous
very easily. It worked out okay, though, and people seem to enjoy it, which is
always a nice feeling.
Everyone is so nice, and I’m having such a good time
here, I wish the end wasn’t so fast approaching!