Today was my last day at 24 Hours.
The two weeks flew by, and I really can’t believe it’s over already.
I spent my last day on the job at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, where Dal Richards (as Santa-for-a-day) handed out blankets and teddy bears to newborn babies. (This is the second time this month that I’ve chatted with the local jazz icon.)
It was a fairly slow day, and the last day the paper will be in production for until Jan. 3.
When one door closes, another one opens. Or at least a window opens.
Who knows what this experience will lead to. All I know is that it was a great decision to intern because I really got to put the skills I learned to the test, and practice journalism in the real world. And even though my “real” break is just starting, I’m excited for my second semester to start.
But in the meantime, I am going to focus on Christmas and turkey and gifts and family. I will catch up on some sleep, and try to read something that isn’t news-related.
This is what I’ve done over the past several days.
And to reinforce how busy I’ve been, I will simple write a bulleted list, because I am still at work and do not have the time to write it with more witty or intelligent phrasing.
– I was on the cover of 24 Hours
– My story’s headline made the front page
– I filmed, edited and posted my second video online
– I had my President’s Ambassadorial Team Christmas dinner at a local golf course on Sunday
– On Monday, I joined the 24 Hours crew at their Christmas shindig on Granville Island
– I interviewed Vancouver Airport Authority spokespeople, UBC professors, church ministers and cabinet ministers
– I sat in on my first conference call to California
– And I encountered my first information embargo today while attending a B.C. Cancer Research press conference
So much has gone on that I keep having to remind myself that Christmas is a mere three days away!
To quote magician Professor Hinkle from Frosty the Snowman, I’ve just been “busy, busy, busy.”
Over the course of my internship with 24 Hours, I’ve written many articles for the print edition.
The work I’m most proud of, however, are my two videos, available on the website.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I not only did my stand-up bits, but I filmed myself doing them, conducted interviews, shot B-roll and editing dozens of clips in Final Cut Express down to a short one to two minute video.
It was so much work but I loved every minute of it and have learned so much.
Here is the first video, which includes an interview with singer Sarah McLachlan as she volunteered on the Downtown Eastside, flipping burgers for 3,000 people.
Food bank teams with Sarah McLachlan to feed homeless
And number two, which doesn’t have any celebrities but looks a little bit more polished:
Passengers urged to “Pack Smart”
This headline sums up my past couple of days on the job at 24 Hours. And despite how it appears, both parts of the title are completely unrelated.
First, the bed bugs.
Several days ago I wrote an article for the paper on a woman who has been living in a bed bug-infested apartment for two years.
The next day, I got a phone call at work from someone who said he has been living in a rented suite with bed bugs for almost a year, and his landlord has done nothing about. Somebody else emailed the general news address to report a similar problem.
Not only are people reading my articles, but they are responding, and that’s pretty cool.
I wrote an article about the man and his landlord, which didn’t make it to the print edition, and may or may not be lurking online somewhere at vancouver.24hrs.com.
It’s safe to say that I am the go-to girl for all things bed bug: I’m on the bed bug beat.
And on an unrelated note: My adventure in the DTES.
My editor assigned me to a story about a food bank barbecue at Oppenheimer Park. But instead of just filing a story, I also got the opportunity to shoot the event for the website, and do some on-camera work.
It was a challenge: I was in charge of setting up all of the equipment, filming B-roll, interviewing people and doing my own reporting (which was weird at first because I was standing in front of my tripod talking to no one in particular, but I eventually got used to it).
I was very gung-ho, because broadcasting is my ultimate career goal.
And to add to my excitement, it just so happens that Sarah McLachlan was there, at Oppenheimer Park, flipping burgers for the cause. (Her appearance wasn’t mentioned in the press release.)
I immediately got footage of her behind the grill, and interviewed her when she took a minute to mingle with the crowd. She was very gracious and down-to-earth. That’s another person to add to my list of famous interviewees!
Eventually, CBC, Shaw, CTV and GlobalBC all showed up with their big fancy cameras and I decided to get on with my day.
My “bodyguard,” a photographer who accompanied me to the site, left halfway through shooting. So I walked from 400 Powell St. to 554 E 15th. That is a very long walk, and right through Main and Hastings too.
But I lived, and got some exercise, and had a great day.
Look for the video online, which should be up soon. The article can be read here as well as in tomorrow’s paper.
Yesterday was my second day interning at 24 Hours newspaper, and was my first time being published in a paper outside of school, (I’m not counting my letter-to-the-editor that was published in the Vancouver Sun last year).
My first story covered the arrest of four men in Abbotsford who were well-known to police and known gang members. This is hard hitting stuff!
You can read the article in the Monday’s paper, and check out a photo @yellowbird888 shot.
Monday was very busy day.
Not surprisingly, I got lost on my way to Vancouver again. This time instead of taking the Knight Street exit, I turned too early and took No. 6 road to River Road, a very long and creepy road, through Richmond.
But I still arrived early for work.
I had three assignments: all three are published in today’s paper and are taking over page five.
I was sent to a press conference to cover the story on the possibility of raising Vancouver’s building height restrictions, and removing certain protection viewcones around the city.
Yes, I did get lost: After taking the Cambie Street Bridge, I turned right onto Pacific Boulevard which took me right back to the office. Lesson learned.
I am slowly learning how to get around Vancouver, my research skills have improved immensely, my interviewing techniques are strengthening and I am starting to become a news junkie.
Time to get back to work.
(On an unrelated note, I noticed that the Examiner.com linked to an assignment I’d done for the Kwantlen Chronicle. Slowly but surely my work is getting out there!)
Several weeks ago, the editor of 24 Hours newspaper in Vancouver came to my Kwantlen News Production class and talked to me and my peers about internship opportunities with the paper.
Only myself and @JYip78 took him up on the offer, so we both got the position.
Today was my first day, and I was absolutely terrified to be going to work for a Vancouver daily. Even with a year and a half of j-school under my belt, I felt completely out of my element going into this.
In my anxiousness, I got lost on my way to the office, but still arrived early.
The day started right away. I got my own desk and computer, and began searching the web for local news stories.
And what a day to be in a newsroom: 10 people were shot on Oak Street and West 22nd. Not only did I get to see how the reporter covering the incident worked on the story, but I got to find out what was happening, when it is was happening, as updates came in throughout the day. (I was also working just blocks away from the crime scene…)
The experience was stressful, but I learned a lot.
I learned that I can work under pressure and on a tight deadline, and that I still need to work on my story-hunting skills.
My first article will be published in tomorrow’s paper. Very exciting!
And now, I have journalism homework to get to: two pitches for the paper tomorrow and my last Kwantlen Chronicle story to submit.
Tweet me! And look for my byline in the 24 Hours paper.