On-the-Job: Writing takes practice

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

I LOVE writing but I never imagined myself as a writer. Writing is difficult.

I was nervous upon learning I will be an intern of Sun.Star Davao. I thought I would not be able to perform well given my lack of interest in being a writer. Everything changed when I started my internship on Monday, April 7, 2014.

On the first day, we met Sir Rj Lumawag and he told us to go with him the next day to a forum. When we arrived at DermPath the next morning, we didn't know what to do because we were not oriented. I wanted to ask someone what the forum was all about but we didn't know anyone present in the forum. We even thought that the press conference was about the opening of the DermPath, only to learn later that it is but one of the sponsors of the Davao Business Forum. When a friend from the press signaled that the forum was about tos tart, I just pulled out my phone and started recording. During the forum, I was clueless about the terms that the speaker was talking about. So, I only wrote down notes of what I understood. Still I learned a lot after about business that day. I wrote an article as instructed and submitted it to Sir RJ.

The next day, Sir Rj explained to us what was wrong about our articles. He discussed how to focus on an angle of the news, and also critiqued my lead, which he said was weak. After long hours of revisions, he approved it. I learned a lot of things from him. I learned that I should always ask questions from the people who know better. I should also research when I'm clueless of the terms that are being said in a forum. He said that it took him a long time to make a good lead, but through constant practice and hard work, he finally nailed it. That’s what he wants us to do -- practice.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, we went to the City Hall of Davao to attend ISpeak. I learned a lot of things again, from the government’s initiative to help the victims of the recent fire incident to the DOTC’s plan of upgrading the communication lines in the city hall. It makes me happy to know a lot of things that is going on in the city. It doesn't just add up to my learning but it also makes me feel that I’m a citizen of Davao. After the forum, we wrote an article and passed it to Sir RJ. It was a big surprise upon learning that our article was published. I was very happy seeing our article with our names on it. I felt motivated to work harder.

Feeling very weak, I still managed to attend the press conference at the Philippine Information Agency this morning since I’m very eager to learn new things again. I was so happy that the friends from the press that we met during the ISpeak press conference said hello to us that made us feel comfortable.

I really appreciate everything that we are doing here at Sun.Star. The press conferences and forums are very informative and the chance to meet a lot of people is overwhelming. If given the chance, I will really stay long here at Sun.Star. The people here are very nice and I have nothing bad to say about Sir Rj’s guidance. He’s awesome and we learned a lot from him. Yes, writing may be difficult but I will not stop until I learn how to write effectively. (April Uya)

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