WHEN I knew that I will spend 120 hours of on-the-job training at Sun.Star Davao, I was really scared. I don't want to be at Sun.Star. Why? First, I don't really like writing news because honestly I'm not good at it. Second, I hate writing when it has deadlines. Lastly, I thought that Sun.Star people are strict and they are not friendly. But I was proven wrong when I reported on my first day.
When we entered Sun.Star Davao office, the guard greeted us. He's nice, I thought. When we're at the office the people greeted us with a smile, they immediately asked if we were interns.
From the moment Ma'am Stella told us that what's important with her is that we learn something everyday, I was relieved. My third reason why I don't want to be at Sun.Star faded away. The warm welcome made me feel good. Sir Reuel John "RJ" Lumawag, who was assigned to be our mentor was so nice, too.
On the first day, we went to Marco Polo Hotel for the club 888 forum. It was difficult for me beacuse I'm not familiar with some topics being discussed and we arrived late. What we did was just take down notes and listen.
In writing my first article, I could say it was difficult. When I was writing I just filled half of the paper. It seemed I ran out of words. But then I realize it's the lack of information. I didn't have enough background on the news I'm writing. My notes were not enough. Sir RJ really helped us on that first article. He said it's just okay. He said we can approach the speaker and ask for some questions the next time.
For my second article I felt better because I was there when the forum started and I've gathered enough information. I wasn't ashamed to ask questions anymore.
On the third day, Sir RJ assigned us to go to Bankerohan for price monitoring, it's not that so difficult for me. The vendors were cooperative. He then assigned us to go to Ched to to get some information about their scholorship program. He also texted us that there is a forum going on at the Ateneo de Davao University, so we went there after Ched.
We thought it was difficult because while we're traveling to Ched, the forum in Ateneo already started.
I realized that this kind of job is challenging, you have to go from one forum to another. Time management is very important. You would really meet different people, those who work on the media and those who work in the government. Because of the exposure Sun.Star is giving us, I'm more aware of the issues our society is facing.
But then those few days with Sun.Star was not bad at all. The people were nice, they helped me correct my mistakes. Everyday I learn something new. I'm looking forward to learning more everyday with their guidance. (Cathyrine N. Macrojon-UIC Intern)