May 24, 2005

First Draft

"I like your lead. The article's a bit wordy, though."

Nothing I haven't heard before...

This morning I turned in my first story to my editor. My nails are bitten to the quick from the worry, but thankfully I had something else to work on today.

I'll admit the first day and the subsequent first week was overpowering, especially with the environment distracting me every time I swiveled in my "rollie" chair, but now (knocks on wood byproduct desk) things are moving along and I am learning the nature of what I am to do on the day-to-day.

Sometimes after lunch, I diverge from desk-to-lunchroom beeline and scope out the layout departments, poke my head in the newsroom, and see what the cartoonist is up to. Cue the 007 music, I'm going in...

More and more, however, I feel like I am the one being inspected. The photographers have a glass window into my world, and the other side of my desk is in the walkway between two departments. Reporters, photographers, and just about anyone, can see me. I guess it's a tactic to make me learn everyone's names. Tricky. Sly. Distracting. -This is a test, I repeat, this is a test of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.- :-D

I've started logging my days and bulleting the things I have done for my internship hours. I've also saved my first draft to see how it has been altered for publication. Hackage...I'm sure.

It's actually really fun playing the covert Trib operative. When my family asks what I did all day long, I just give them an upraised brow and an, "I'm not at liberty to dispense that information at this time." ;-) It's great.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at May 24, 2005 7:12 PM | TrackBack

Awesome... Glad you're getting the experience that you need and deserve. I'll be keeping an eye out for your article, of course. ;)

I wouldn't worry about it getting hacked, because that probably happens to all the interns at least once -- even if it does get sliced-'n-diced, you'll just be that much more informed of what kind of writing your editor likes to see, and you can do an even better job on your next assignment.

Posted by: ChrisU at May 25, 2005 1:43 AM

It wasn't as bad as I thought. A lot of rewording, but most of the article is still intact. I'm not writing daily news, so I'll keep everyone posted on when it comes out.

Posted by: Amanda at May 25, 2005 6:29 PM

Thanks, Chris.

Posted by: Amanda at May 25, 2005 7:11 PM

Everyone can learn from an editing process--no fear, Amanda. I'm sure that you will grow throughout the process because that's the point!

Interesting how in your first blog of this experience you said that -you- were the one with the window to the photographers, but now you see it as -them- peeking in on -you-... Perspectives change, eh? :-) Just thought I'd point that out.

Glad to hear you're having fun! We do need to do lunch someday since we're both in Gbg working hard.

Posted by: Karissa at May 25, 2005 8:30 PM

Regarding curious questions... I find, "If I answered that, I'd have to kill you" to be a handy rejoinder. But seriously, I'm thrilled to think of the experience you're getting.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at May 25, 2005 10:06 PM
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