Y-Speak: Challenge Accepted

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

YOU know that feeling when the moment comes and you don’t know what to write?

Lately I was bombarded with articles, trying to understand the beat that has been assigned to me,(especially business and politics) with the demands of the deadline. Now I feel the stress faced by media practitioners. Since I choose and aspire to be a writer, however, I am now facing the challenge of coming up with a story.

So, what’s the story? I am now on my training ground doing what media people do. Now, this is for real. From jotting down notes, preparing questions, transcribing recordings, understanding the issue and coming up with the article within the day was tough. Everyday I hope that I can produce and finish the article on time.

On my first week, it was difficult. I think I forgot how to write a news article because I adopted the writing style for features and press releases. I just needed to review my past lessons to catch up. Luckily, our moderator shared his handouts with us so I reviewed them and tried to apply the lessons given.

Being in print media, I enjoyed attending events and forums at classy hotels in the city. I am grateful to meet people from other sectors and have a chance to meet, greet and ask them questions. Not to mention the free meals! Just kidding. After every event, however, my heartbeat gets faster and I start to worry. The good thing is, I don’t go there alone. As they say, two heads are better than one.

I have a mini heart-attack when I am asked about my article. I feel like I am on a “hot seat” when asked for for clarifications and verifications about the article. I am afraid for that one day that I will be accountable for a mistake. Missing a simple detail can sometimes be critical in this job. To help with that, I do lots of research so I can follow an updated issue and do proofreading before forwarding the the articles to the editors.

Day by day, I feel comfortable with what I am doing. Aside from doing field work and writing news, I’ve met a few humble practitioners whom I can say have contributed in my learnings as an intern. I appreciated this people for they understand my struggles. They give me an overview, tips and advice to make this job easier for me. For that, I am thankful.

It’s kind of a struggle to write something when I don’t understand what I am writing about, of course. Especially when I am obliged to write because that is what I’m supposed to do. As an intern, however, I should give myself the time to learn from the common mistakes of a writer and acquire more knowledge for improvement.

I won’t allow anyone or anything to be a hindrance in this learning process. This is a challenge accepted. (Janin R. Langoy-UIC Intern)


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