Over the Fall 2014 semester, I had an internship with the website TVLine, which focuses on television news and reviews. I spent time in their New York City office, where I would commute to twice a week. Through this internship I learned things that I knew I would be approaching, such as learning the editorial process. I also learned things that I didn’t expect, such as how to sit on a train ride with fifty other businessmen and how to endure Penn Station at rush hour.
During my editorial internship, I was responsible for a recurring article, “What to Watch”, that highlighted 10 shows that were going to be popular that night. Through this, I learned how to adapt a style of a website that I was not used to, but also on how to take notes from someone who was not my supervisor and someone who I was familiar with. In addition, I wrote an entry for a recurring “Mixtape” column, which highlighted songs from television episodes over the past few weeks. This was a different style than I was used to writing for with TVLine, but it was something exciting and new to try out. I had fun writing this, but still learned a lot about how to write more professionally, but with a casual tone.
When I first reached TVLine, through a few writing samples, my supervisor and I discussed my lack of basic journalism knowledge. This was something I was very self-conscious about. Working for a bigger company like this, I was nervous that I would be overlooked and fall behind. Although I was scared, I am proud that I finally did ask for help, because my supervisor was very generous and began to teach me different basic journalism techniques every Friday. Right before I left to commute home, we would go over some readings that she gave me for the week before and some exercises that I had done. We would regroup the following week to go to the next step in what she was teaching me. This was something that I did not expect to happen, but I was more than excited when it eventually did.
Looking back on the past few months, I have two accomplishments that go together from this experience. The first thing that I am proud of is the fact that I was able to do this. Just looking at the schedule I gave myself in the beginning of August was something that I knew was going to be difficult. Between commuting to New York City on Mondays and Fridays, then having five classes scheduled between Tuesday through Thursday, and then working a part time retail job on Saturday and Sunday, I did not set up this semester to be easy. However, I knew going in that, when I did get through it, it would be something to be proud of. And I am. Secondly, I am proud of myself for not sinking in this journalism world. For someone that is only experienced in television knowledge, but not as experienced in journalism practices, the idea that I could see how much I was improving overtime was a huge confidence booster.
In August, I was very nervous and stressed that I would not do well in this environment, but I had to go through that to get to the other side, which is where I am now. I am still learning, but I’m getting less and less notes as I go into the final weeks with this company. I have made connections that I would not have had otherwise and I was able to see the city from a side other than a tourist. I learned that New York City is where I want to work. I learned that this is the type of job that I would like to strive for. If I didn’t take this leap of faith with this internship and this schedule, I would not have realized many of the defining things that I am sitting here with now.