Today I received a new project. I was assigned to add what are called “cutlines” to pictures Devin Dejarlais (a staff member) added to a slideshow for the website. Cutlines are captions that are usually seen under pictures. For instance, in the slideshow, there was a picture of the hookah bar “Off the Hookah” under the category “After Dark”. This hookah bar won “Best Hookah Bar”, so under the picture I wrote “Click here to read about the Best Hookah Bar winner!” and added a link to it. This link will lead readers to a story about that place on the website. I did this for all the pictures in this category as well as all the pictures in the other categories for “Sports and Recreation”, “People and Places”, “Music” and “Dish”. I learned that by pressing the buttons “Ctrl C” I can copy words. I also learned that by pressing “Ctrl V” I can paste words. I thought this only pertained to the Paint program when copying images from Adobe Flash Player, so I was very happy to learn I could do this in every day life. This is due to the fact that it is faster to copy and paste things this way as opposed to right clicking with one’s mouse and finding the copy and paste options there. Overall, today was much busier than yesterday but was rewarding when I completed my task.
Today was a rather easy day. I found more pictures for the “Best Of” feature online but this time it was for the “Readers’ Picks” section instead of the regular feature. This project was relatively easy and took only a brief amount of time to complete. I also was told to see Eric to speak about the differences between the writing style of New Times and my own personal style. I came to the conclusion that New Times was a bit more biased. Also, instead of using a traditional lead to a story that tells the story right away, the staff writes more of a description of the story without fully telling what it is about. Overall, today was easy going yet informative in terms of learning how to write in the New Times voice.
Tonight I finished up finding dates from the articles for the Rothstein timeline. My eyes were very tired and red, and my back and shoulders were aching from sitting in front of the computer for so long. However, I had to get this project done. Thus, I continued. I discovered an easier method for finding out which stories were worthy and which weren’t. I did this by looking at the titles and description. If the description had only one sentence about the Rothstein case, the article was not about Rothstein but had an advertisement featuring him, hence the short description. If the article had a more lengthy description, than the whole article was about him. This method aided me in getting the project done faster, yet I still stayed up late. Overall, tonight was tedious but rewarding when I realized I was done.
Today, I rewrote and organized all the notes I took yesterday during the interviews. After this was done, I wrote a short three paragraph article on my findings. However, my story did not make the blog or get published. This was due to the fact that my story was not written in the “voice” that most New Times articles are written in. Yet, Eric said that I “did a fine job capturing the scene”. He also stated that because all publications have a specific writing style, one must have the capability to make one’s writing sound like that publication in order to get a journalism job. I was a bit disappointed, but accepted the criticism and regarded it as a learning experience. Overall, today was a bit unsatisfactory on my part, but what I learned will aid me in the future and was thus helpful to me.
Today was definitely my favorite day interning at New Times. To find out where the strikers for Spirit Airlines were protesting, I called every number I had that was related to the strike. The only person that I was able to reach was someone by the name of Jennifer Lofquist, who informed me that the strike would occur from 5:00-7:00 pm on Griffin and US-1. After this phone call, I headed to my office and read articles regarding the strike made by the Spirit Airlines union, ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association). At 5:00, I arrived where the strikers were and interviewed a captain, a man who was a pilot and a strike committee chairman, a fourteen year old girl whose father and brother were pilots, and Michael E. Arth, a man running for Florida governor. By talking to my interviewees, I discovered that the airlines had come to an agreement with the negotiating committee, yet the pilots were still officially on strike. I also learned more about Arth, who is riding his bicycle from Key West to Pensicola to meet people personally to talk about his campaign. Overall, today was exciting and definitely reminded me of why I wanted to be a reporter – to interview those and get the scoop on breaking news.
Today was an interesting day. I sent all the pictures I found for the “Best Of” project I was working on to Eric, my internship supervisor, and received a new project. This time, I am to go to the place where the pilots from Spirit Airlines are protesting due to lower wages and a requested contract that had not been made for about three years. I am assigned to ask the strikers questions tomorrow as well as take pictures. So, today I looked up contact information for Spirit Airlines and the Spirit Airline Union. It took a long time, but I finally found all the numbers I needed. I also prepared “softball” questions to ask, which Eric explained are easy questions asked that the interviewees elaborate on. For example, a softball question for the strikers could be “Why are you guys out here today?” Overall, today was very stressful but rewarding when I accomplished what had to be done. It was also exciting to be assigned to a new project.
Today I finished up my project from last week. I found more pictures for more topics and learned how to save a picture from Adobe Flash Player. I was told to press “Alt” and “Print Screen” to copy the image. Then, I was told to open up the Paint program and press “Ctrl V”. After this, I edited the picture like I wanted to and then copied the new picture by pressing “Ctrl C”. To save the picture, I opened up a new window of the paint program and pressed “Ctrl V”, and “file”, then “save” on the toolbar. After completing my work, I attended the weekly copy meeting that is held every Monday. This time, we went to McDuffy’s, a restaurant nearby. In this meeting, we discussed weekly projects everyone was working on as well as talked about the vuvuzela horns that were played at the FIFA game and whether or not we approved of them. Overall, today was full of work and learning experience.