Editor’s note: The orientation and multimedia training program for the Summer 2015 class of Chips Quinn Scholars was held at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn., May 11-17. As part of their training, students blog about the conference and aspects of journalism.
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When I arrive at my internship, I will meet with my editors to discuss their expectations of me for the summer. I will also meet with the reporters for newsroom advice. Finally, I will try to pick up a story as soon as possible.
One of the first things I hope to do when I return to The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., is figure out how I can better implement social media and multimedia storytelling into my reporting workflow. I learned a lot about how to engage online and mobile readers, but the hard part will be figuring out how best to use these techniques on a day-to-day basis. I hope that by the end of the summer it becomes second nature.
The first thing I will do in my newsroom is reach out to the photographers whose work I really admire and pick their brains about how they were able to achieve what they did in the newsroom. I would get the lay of the land and then ask for their feedback about my ideas for stories and projects. I would then speak to my editors and see what their expectations of me are.
Wilborn P. Nobles III
I plan to ask my editor two things when I get to The Washington Post. The first thing I’m going to ask is what my editor would like for me to accomplish within my first two weeks at the newsroom. The second question will be if I can sit in on budget meetings for a weekday edition and a Sunday edition.
As soon as I get to the newsroom, I will meet individually with the people who will be supervising and editing my work to talk about 1) what beat(s) I will be covering; 2) my goals for the summer as well as my supervisors’ goals for me; and 3) expectations we have of each other. I will also try to find out as much as possible about the audience I am writing for from the other reporters.
I am leaving from the Chips Quinn Scholars program and heading straight to my internship, which begins May 18. I plan to talk to my editors about my roles as an intern. I will be doing breaking news and crime, but I want to understand what is expected in terms of the number of stories I will be reporting and when deadlines are for the Journal Star in Peoria, Ill.
When I get to my newsroom I want to start getting to know my editor and understand what he or she looks for in an intern. I want to contribute and be as helpful as possible since I’ll be there only for a short time.
Cameron Teague Robinson
The first thing I plan on doing when I arrive at my newspaper is to sit down with the athletic directors of the three high schools I will be covering. Since it will be the off-season for many sports, I want to use the time to introduce myself and pick the brains of the directors. I’m hoping this will help me get to know them and start a good relationship.
During my first day at a newspaper, I will begin by familiarizing myself with the newsroom, speaking to representatives from each department and touring the facilities. I will also have a conversation with my editor, time permitting, about his expectations for me during my internship. Finally, I would take the initiative by presenting some story ideas to my editor.
The first thing I’ll do when I arrive at the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif., is report to my editor and show him a list of potential story ideas. I want to know if I am on the right path to understanding their coverage of the community. Pitching stories is important because it gives me a greater sense of ownership and pride in my work.
When I arrive at my media site, I will try to get to know the reporters and editors and become familiar with the set-up and logistics of the newsroom I’m in. I would like to talk to the reporters and learn more about the specific work they do.
The first thing I want to do when I enter my newsroom is familiarize myself with the people, equipment and software I will be using. I will ask my editor to meet with me during the first week so I can ask to sit in on budget meeting and tell him about my goals for the internship. The sooner I can adjust to my surroundings in the newsroom, the sooner I can focus on adapting to Contra Costa County, Calif., and finding my own story ideas.