Newspaper vs. Newswire

This post comes prompted by my sister, who is working at a band camp this summer and still has time to check my blog to see if I’ve written anything new.

I’m on Month #2 at The Buffalo News, working nights and weekends. The newsroom has switched over to a new system, so not only am I confused, but everyone else is. It’s certainly an adventure, but I’m reminded every day how fortunate I am to be at this paper. I was worried that this internship might be a little like last summer’s – sitting at a desk all day reading business copy.

Here’s a list of things that are different:

  • First, the lighting isn’t as bright, which may or may not be a good thing. The air quality – well, it’s kind of dank.
  • I’m reading local news, national news, book reviews, event coverage, concert previews, politics, music reviews, consumer reports, etc. Such a great variety!
  • There’s an actual deadline. With the newswire, our deadline was always “now.” This summer, our deadline is 10:30 p.m., so the intensity builds the half an hour before.
  • There’s another intern on the copy desk! Last summer, I was the only one. I like it because we’re going through the same stuff. We lunch together a lot.
  • The copy desk features a “cast of characters,” which is actually a self-proclaimed title. A former intern advised me of this before I started, but I brushed it off because I thought, “Well, everyone’s a character.” Now I definitely know what he meant.
  • The vocab? Much more extensive. I’ll post later with new words. Probably.

Anyway, I love interning.

I had my 22nd birthday Wednesday, and my friends took me to The Chocolate Bar in Buffalo to celebrate. They spoiled me. Here’s me with my chocolate mint martini:

chocolate bar buffalo ny chocolate mint martini
Courtesy of my friend Olivia

Hopefully, I’ll be blogging more to keep you up to date. Sorry for the hiatus!

Published by Emilee Lindner

I’m a writer, cat fancier and lover of all things autumn.

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