On-the-Job: A taste of real life

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

AN INSTRUCTOR told us once before we have to take the summer internship, “You’re gonna get a taste of real life.”

Having mixed feelings, I still find it hard to believe where I am now; sitting inside an office with media people, hearing these keyboards click, walking with the senior writers, talking with them, and being exposed to different events here in Davao, then thinking of the right words to be used in the headlines, organizing the ideas, experiencing these with co-interns, beating deadlines, and most of all being overloaded with information.

Writing is never easy. Your pen never works alone. You have to listen, listen and listen. You cannot just write anything in that piece of paper or click your keyboard until words come out unorganized and appears to be nonsensical.

Writing is never easy. You have to know the source of that information, and never believe “hearsays”. You have to have basis.

Before you can write you have to wear out yourself first. You have to do the leg-works, literally. You have to do the talking and all questioning of all your queries. And most of all you have to be familiar with the place. You should know people. You should know names, should know their backgrounds and most of all you should be curious intelligently.

Writing is never easy. You should not assume your readers know these certain word. You should use words carefully.

You should also consider media rules and ethics.

Writing is never easy. You should scrupulously interpret the news and not distort facts to deliver it to your readers in the proper way. You should filter words. You should be objective. You should try to be neutral.

And I am talking about writing news. And I am talking about the different “real” my instructor is referring to. And I am talking about my first week in Sun.Star. To top it all I am talking about the taste I had in my first week.

This is just the first step. I know I can step higher after this stage. I know I can be learning more through my internship, there are more than 200 hours left. Until I really get the true taste of real life, disregarding its bitterness and savoring its sweetness, the glory of bylines and the satisfaction of reading your own work on that piece of paper being distributed around the city. (Vaneza M. Kimilat)

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On the Job are articles written by students who are with Sun.Star Davao for their internship program. Vaneza is a student of the Mindanao State University-Marawi.

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