Today was my last day interning. It was very bittersweet because I had made friends with some of the people on staff and am going to miss them terribly. On the other hand, I was relieved that I did not have to complete any tasks on the computer for seven hours straight for five days a week. The computer takes a toll on my eyes and they hurt at the end of the day when I’m on the computer for too long. Regarding work I did, I finished uploading the rest of the pictures on the website. However, some of the pictures I could not resize, so I emailed Eric the list of photos I could not upload due to resizing issues or copyright issues. I also called restaurants that are featured on the website to ensure that the given location is the same (some had two locations online) and called another establishment to confirm a statement saying that it was shutting down. The number was not a working number, so the rumor must be true. I learned to open a PDF file and print it out correctly. This is particularly useful in the future as I used to have trouble opening such files for research for school. Overall, today was busy but very touching as I said good-bye to everyone.
Today was a very interesting day. Although I did not do the interviewing per se, I sat through an interview process and observed the questions and answers that occurred. This interview involved a mother, a stepfather and the mother’s two sons. It involved the boys’ biological father and the abuse he inflicted upon them. For instance, he would only allow the children to eat twice a day (once at 8 am and again at 3 pm) and would force them to read the Bible for forty-five minutes to an hour. He also would hit them and call them things such as “stupid” and “retard”. I was upset to hear this, yet learned from this experience. One thing I learned was that the boys were able to somehow lead a normal life after years of such abuse. Another thing I learned (although I’ve learned this before, this was a second example of doing this) was that sometimes it’s best to deviate from questions you write down and to improv with ones that pertain to the conversation, like Tom (the staff member who conducted the interview) did. I also noticed that he paused and stated “Sorry, I just want to make sure I have everything down correctly” as he scanned over his notes. I do this during interviews, yet thought it was unprofessional and tried to stop myself. However, it’s comforting to know that others in the business do it as well. Overall, today had the usual work of uploading pictures, yet was interesting when I observed the interview. I hope those children get full custody from their mother and not their father.
Today I finished finding all the pictures for the blog and started uploading them to the actual website. Rebecca, someone on staff, explained how to do it. She stated that one must go to the website “bpb.newtimes.com” and click on buttons on the side in order to change the edit settings. One then uploads the pictures just like one would do on a facebook or myspace website. It was surprisingly easy, except some photos could not get uploaded due to the fact that they were saved on Paint or Microsoft Word. However, I was told by members of the staff that these pictures will be uploaded. Overall, today was tedious yet rewarding when I got the majority of my work completed.
Today was a very routine day. I found more pictures for the website and realized that I was three-quarters of the way done. At four o’clock, I attended the weekly copy meeting with other members of the staff. Here, everyone discussed their weekly ideas about blogs and stories. Also, a few of the staff members discussed a problem that had been occurring with the photos that were being posted online. Some photos were too small, and had to be stretched out to fit on the page. Yet, this makes the photo blurry. Some photos are too large and take up too much space. Part of this problem could be perhaps accredited to corporate who insists that photos must be a certain size and are arguing about what methods will attract viewers. Some state that larger pictures will attract viewers while others want less word count. The staff has not come to a conclusion for this conflict but Devin will speak to corporate later this week. Today I also learned about the program “Movable Type” which puts the material for the blogs online. One thing I learned about this program is that it only asks for the width (it must be 200 width) of pictures because it automatically puts in the height by itself. Overall, today was filled with work yet was enjoyable.
Today was another quiet day. Very few people came in and I continued to look for pictures for stories featured on the blog that did not have images. I also receive two more stories from Dedra to edit in the format on OpenOffice.orgWriter. Yesterday, all the stories I formatted were stories involving food that are featured in the “Small Plates” section. Today, I formatted a story that was about the Mango festival in the News section. I also formatted a longer story in the news section about the John Goodman car crash (the multimillionaire polo mogul, not the actor) that was very long. I was a bit worried because the stories I was trying to format were not looking like they were supposed to, but Dedra assured me that although the stories did not show up on my computer, they will format correctly on other computers. I also learned that stories have different fonts for each section they are placed in (ex. the food section has a different font than the news section). However, the fonts all look the same to me. Overall, today was also quiet yet productive.
Today was a rather quiet day. It was Eric’s start to his week long vacation, so the assistant editor, Dedra, has to take his place until he returns. Because Eric was not there, very little people showed up to work. In fact, I believe only six people showed up. This was a bit disappointing because it was my birthday and my family wanted to show up with bagels or pastries for the office. Thank goodness I called and told them not to come in or else we would have tons of food!
So today, I continued to work on finding the pictures for the stories that were in need of them. I also received a new assignment from Dedra. I was required to change the font and format for stories that were to be put in print. This was on a program called “OpenOffice.orgWriter”. This provided journalistic font and patterns for the stories to be formatted into. Although I always knew that the heading had a different font than the actual body of the article, I did not know that the first paragraph had a different font than the rest of the paragraphs. Yet, both fonts look exactly the same. Overall, today was extremely quiet yet productive.
Today was a rather routine day. I received a new project for the week which requires me to look for pictures online for story items that do not have a picture. For example, there are numerous stories on the event Hard Rock Live (where music artists and comedians perform at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino) but there are no pictures for these stories. So, I had to search to find pictures and make sure that there were no copyright issues with the pictures I wanted. I also corrected the punctuation with the slideshow and turned all the exclamation marks into periods because Eric is “not a fan of using them, except when someone’s actually yelling”. On the other hand, Devin felt that exclamation marks were necessary because they looked enthusiastic. I then learned how different Devin and Eric think and feel about the aesthetics about projects. It just goes to show you how different people work together. Overall, today was full of work but at the same time was not too overbearing.