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Internship Diary: Day IV

Posted in City X, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal, Town X on March 26, 2009 by Jill

Photo by Stewf.

Photo by Stewf.

This town stinks.

I’m cranky. My day was pretty crummy. Things were going OK. A photo I took was on the front page of the newspaper the other day and then a story I did yesterday was the top story this morning. Good times all ’round. But I arrived at work this morning to find its original owner using it. She was back from vacation. So, I took the (very messy, cluttered desk of the guy who sits next to me, who had the day off.

Well, first I couldn’t get logged on to the computer. Then I couldn’t get the phone to work. Then I couldn’t figure out how to hook my recorder to the phone so I could record my interviews. (For the record, I’m terrible at taking quotes down by hand. Terrible. I’m just not fast enough!) So I tried recording at my old desk while Ms. Cranky Pants was off on assignment. And guess what. The little cord that hooks the phone to the recorder is broken. There must be a short in the cord or something. And I’d just had an in-depth interview with the president of a local community college. I had NOTHING.

Anyhoo. A crummy day. I don’t know where I’ll be sitting tomorrow either. Frig. Thank the G-man tomorrow is Friday.

After work, I went for a walk to pick up some supplies (cookies, popcorn, a phone card and a battery charger, since I left mine in City X). Here are some comparisons between City X (where my college is located) and Town X (where I’m currently doing my internship):

  • While City X‘s downtown is hip, cultural and artsy, Town X‘s downtown is full of out-of-business shops that never actually stood a chance of surviving
  • City X has an amazing music scene. Town X isn’t quite sure what that is.
  • In City X, I would be considered average in sense of style. In Town X, if you’re wearing matching shoes, you automatically get ten points.
  • City X people have a certain city quality about them. You can generally tell who lives in town and who doesn’t. In Town X, even people who live right in town wear rubber boots and deerskin coats. (They might as well be spitting some tobacco isn’t a metal bucket.)
  • In City X, I could just walk somewhere downtown and buy a phone recorder. But in Town X? Oh, no. No, no. Not that easy.
  • Frig. Even the people are better-looking in City X

And you know what? This town really does, literally, stink.

Internship Diary: Day II

Posted in Internship, Kill Jill, Personal, Town X on March 25, 2009 by Jill
Photo by thorinside.

Photo by thorinside.

I didn’t sleep much on Sunday night so yesterday is kind of a
blur, particularly the evening. First I was in the newsroom, then I was sent on assignment, then I was interviewing some people, then I walked back to the newsroom in fancy shoes.

Big mistake. But I digress.

I talked to Mom on the phone last night. God, what a depressing conversation that was. I was regretting my choice of college program and seriously considering quitting the program after my internship and applying for the Multimedia program for next year instead of the year after. (Not gonna lie- I still might. Matters how the next 2 weeks go.)

I can honestly say that this really isn’t what I want to do with my life: chasing stories I don’t care about in a town I don’t like. I know that sounds harsh but what can I do. Any of my regular readers will tell you- the junk you read in a newspaper just isn’t my style. When I write news stories, I don’t feel like I’m writing. I’m just regurgitating facts. And that’s no way to live.

Not for me, anyway.

Today was my second day in the newsroom and it was much better. I worked on 3 stories this morning, filed one this afternoon and drove around with a co-worker named Monique. She’s silly and a great gal to chum around with.

I feel exhausted when I get home though. I have a bunch of friends around Town X but when I get home from work, I just feel like sleeping. Frig.

Anyway. That’s it so far. On the plus side, I did get a story on page 2 of the newspaper this morning. That was a nice surprise, first thing in the morning. I was eating breakfast with the woman who owns the B&B I’m staying at and her 5-year-old. Can’t remember the last time I had a traditional breakfast in the morning. It’s kinda nice.

Internship Diary: Prologue

Posted in College Photos, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal, Town X on March 22, 2009 by Jill
Photo by moriza.

Photo by moriza.

Well, all my stuff is unpacked, finally. I feel like the last two days have been nothing but packing my life into boxes and then unpacking those boxes and putting my life into other, slightly smaller boxes.

I just want to take a nap. That’s all I’ve ever wanted, really.

But if I take a nap now (now being 7:30 pm), I’ll never get to sleep. I’m setting my alarm for 6:30 am and putting the alarm on my desk so I’ll actually have to get out of bed to turn the thing off (rather than hitting the snooze button in my sleep). I’ll start setting it to 7 am or even 7:30 am starting Tuesday- depends on the new schedule and routine.

The bed & breakfast I’m staying at offers a breakfast dealio, too, so I’m doing that around 8 am. I don’t usually eat breakfast but I’m paying for it so I might as well take advantage of it. I don’t think I could handle a big ol’ pile o’ flapjacks (Five points to anyone who knows what I just referenced there!) first thing in the morning without vomiting all over the breakfast table. And I’m eating with the couple who owns this place. And their 5-year-old. And their dog. So yeah. Awkward.

(Stupid WordPress. Added the header photo to my gallery. Woops. Just ignore that last one, k?)

But the bed & breakfast is gorgeous. (Above are some photos from my private area of the B&B. I also have my own bathroom) And it’s only about half a block from the newsroom. I have a dozen (or so) friends who still live here in Town X so I’m pretty stoked about seeing them all and catching up on all the news. Feels weird to be back here though.

So, yeah. Tomorrow is The Big Day. Wish me luck! (DO IT.)

City X, I shall miss thee.

Posted in City X, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal, Town X on March 21, 2009 by Jill

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Currently, it’s 3 AM. My parents are going to be here in less than 12 hours. I have to finish packing in the morning, wash dishes, take out the garbage and clean the fish bowl before they arrive. I also like to sleep a lot.

Did I mention that it’s 3 AM?

I took a walk by myself this afternoon, just to soak in some last-minute City X loveliness. I took my camera down to the waterfront. It’s deserted this time of year. It was sunny and cold and the ice on the water as perfectly smooth. I felt completely content and at peace.

A week ago, the thought of leaving this place would have made me cry. But I think I’m ready to move forward, career- and experience-wise. I plan to come back here in April for a week and then again in September.

It’s weird to say this: but the next time I blog, it’ll be about my first day as an intern at a newspaper in Town X. Weird.