Becoming one step closer to your ultimate dream career is a wonderful feeling, and even better to know it’s happening before you have even finished high school.
Three weeks ago, I started my once-a-week work placement at the local newspaper. My first initial thought was “what am I going to wear?”, but I realised that I probably had more important things to worry about, such as making a good first impression, maybe? But fashion is a major part of the journalism industry as you are constantly reporting and meeting people in the community, so I guess I did have my priorities straight..
My first day on the job, I wrote 3-4 stories all about completely different topics – the perks of writing about the news, hey? – You never know what you’re going to get! With each story as interesting and fun to write as the next, I fell head-over-heels in love. Writing my first story took me about 20 minutes and twice as long to proofread, edit and make it perfect before getting it looked over. In saying that, it was the most amazing experience of my life. Learning about the different writing styles and how to prepare the story to be printed in the paper was incredible, and every story written is individual and unique and I think that is the beauty of news reporting. To some, it’s just a newspaper. A pile of pages for $1.50 with local and international news. Watching how the paper is put together each day and all the hard and incredible work that is put into it is unbelievable. As a reader, I would never have known.
The week in between my first and second day was probably the slowest week of my life. Again, I was stuck with my outfit for the day, but settled on floral three-quarter pants with a long-sleeve black shirt to play it safe. I wrote four stories on my second day, and two of them have been published so far. I accompanied a photographer and fellow reporter to a story they were writing, so we road-tripped to get the story and photo. It was a great experience to see how the story gets put together and then put into the pages of the newspaper.
Being a journalist for a few days has been so much fun, and I’ve fallen in love with the job already, as I suspected I would. Other than living my dream job, I’ve made some great friendships during my first few days at work. My Mum & Dad both worked at the same newspaper before they had me, so I think I was bound to end up there at some point. In my two days there, I have already created friendships that will only grow stronger from here. I’ve seen the friendships made from working at the paper, as I know that my parents are still friends with their past colleagues today. Working with such friendly and caring people only makes the job 10 times better and I feel privileged to be able to have made close friendships already.