Week one of my internship:
Nine more weeks left. I don’t want it to end.
It’s a little early to tell how I’m doing yet, because there’s been some changes to my tasks.
I’m the earliest intern to start because one of my assignments was to write stories on kids who need financial aid to attend summer camps. It’s part of a summer camp campaign the L.A. Times presents to raise funds for these kids. But there are some changes being made to the policies so this part of my assignment is being pushed back.
Anyway, the good news is that means I get to write other stories from the get-go. Problem is, apparently journalists are super independent creatures and if editors don’t push assignments on you, you have to sniff out stories to pitch and write or all you do is sit in the corner and twiddle your thumbs.
That’s basically what I did my first day. I twiddled my thumbs. Then I realized I need to be more vocal in expressing my desire and enthusiasm to work. So now I’m brainstorming and pitching ideas.
Meanwhile, before anything exciting happens, let me introduce to you my second home for the next 9.2 weeks.
Dear L.A. Times building. It’s situation in downtown Los Angeles, a stone’s throw away from Little Tokyo and the Civic Center.
The building is old-fashioned and statuesque, an image of stability and grandeur. It’s actually a pretty tall building, and you can see the huge letters “Los Angeles Times” from afar, but I lacked the time and the right lens to take a wide shot.
It’s meticulously guarded though. Be careful when you walk pass it. Do not pick your nose, because there are a dozen different cameras zoomed in on you. It’s a bit unsettling to know that several security guards are spying on you whenever you’re within a few feet’s distance from the building.
Only employees and guests can enter the building. For us special peeps, we get a security badge:
I don’t care what they say. At the end of my internship…I’m keeping the badge. I love the oldish, bold font of “Los Angeles Times.” I kind of like the picture. Ah, I just love it all.
Okay, a brief introduction of which section I’m working in. I work in the “Features” section. (I’m not really a hard news person, though I’ll write for any section. I just prefer to make people happy, which isn’t easy to do with news).
That’s the section where you’ll see all the entertainment and lifestyle people, be it reporters, editors, photographers, designers, or copy editors.
I work specifically in the Calendar section:
Which basically means entertainment. But my position is really quite fluid; so long as I pitch a story that the editor likes, I get to write stories for TV, film, arts & cultures, book, pop music, and even…food.
In fact, the food section is on the same floor as mine. L.A. Times has the most amazing test kitchen. Darn it, I should have taken a picture of it. Maybe next time if they allow me.
Everyone here is AWESOME. They’re incredibly nice, and they don’t treat me like an inferior intern (even though that is what I am). I’ve felt nothing but welcome here. I love my editor, who looks like a jolly man with Santa Claus-like white beard, but is also incredibly smart and insightful. He’s also a GLEEK!
Walking around the L.A. Times building is pretty inspiring, because you see all these plaques lined up along the corridor walls. Some of them are front pages of historical headlines:
Others are awards that the L.A. Times won, like the esteemed Pulitzer Prize:
So proud to be working for them.
You all know I love Los Angeles. It only feels right to be working for the greatest news organization in this city, even if it’s only for 10 weeks.
So here’s a short update on my first week at the L.A. Times. So far, I’m loving it. I’ll update on that once things pick up faster during the next couple weeks…but right now, all I feel is excitement and pride.
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