Being a PA News Intern

Published 2:23 pm Monday, June 1, 2015

First Day as an Interning Journalist

I came in to my new job as the Port Arthur News intern this morning to find a large stack of paperwork on my desk, just waiting to be filled out.  After an hour of sorting through (and figuring out how to fill out) the application, a W-4, and various other paperwork, I immediately left on my first photography assignment.

It was incredibly nerve-wrecking having an assignment on the first day, even though it was a small one.  I had never used the camera before- I had to learn as I went. I looked over the camera on the way over, and without my yearbook experience from years before, I would have been completely lost.  But, I was familiar with the camera’s style, and after a few minutes of fiddling with the settings, I had figured it out.  It only took a few minutes for me to take pictures of the brief award ceremony at the Senior Center before I was back in my desk at the PA News, with a computer now ready to go and an assignment already waiting.

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Thanks to help from my fellow employees, I generally learned how the system worked and what a Triangle Calendar was.  I was able to finish my first article and input three events into the Triangle Calendar on my own.  It was a very productive day, but I have so much more to learn.