First article for the Litchfield County Times is officially done. And by “done,” I mean, “the first draft is finished and has yet to be edited for style, grammar, etc.”
The article covers the upcoming pop-up gallery in Litchfield, CT, hosted by Jennifer Terzian of LivWillArt. Though I struggled a bit to organize my thoughts and outline, Ms. Terzian was extremely accommodating, flexible, patient, and friendly throughout our chat. We even realized we had some close mutual friends in town. Small world, hm?
It took me about a day and a half to complete, not including most of the interview. 785 words. Those of you in the journalism world know the tediousness of spending hours at a desk, even prior to the actual writing. And those of you who know me know that I have the attention span of a goldfish. Some things I realized throughout the assignment that helped me stay focused:
- Obviously you shouldn’t be goofing off during office time, but taking a break can make a world of difference in your work ethic. Take a walk around the office, grab a snack, or chat with a co-worker. Maybe set up a system: for every 90 minutes of work, give yourself a 5-10 minute break.
- Panicking is useless. As an intern, your employers expect effort and improvement…not perfection. Don’t be afraid to take your time and make mistakes. I promise you’re not going to get fired for a misspelling.
- Ask questions! Mind you, I don’t mean “ask a question every 30 seconds without looking for the answer on your own first.” If, for some reason, there’s something you don’t understand and can’t find the answer to, do not hesitate to ask someone. They’ll appreciate your effort, curiosity, and willingness to learn.
That’s all for now. I’ve got another post coming later today or early tomorrow about the LCT office itself…and possibly a list of my favorite internet distractions…