I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I’m enjoying working in the newspaper industry. I’m interning as a photographer at a large newspaper in Portland and have been busy photographing everything from hockey to Cirque Du Soleil. The past three weeks have really been a blur, and I love the fast pace.
Honestly, I’ve been surprised by how much I’m enjoying working at a newspaper. I’m a magazine journalism major and have always shied away from newspaper journalism because I assumed I wouldn’t like the fast pace of turning out stories and writing in a hard-hitting, factual way. But this internship has changed my previous bias against newspapers.
Recently, there were some stories in the paper on the history of Packy, the elephant at the Oregon Zoo, since it was his 50th birthday last Saturday. The package that was produced included video that I shot, photos and a couple of stories. The main feature story was written in a narrative fashion and really caught my attention. I was so impressed by the way the writing drew me into the story and made me care. It made me realize that newspapers include all kinds of stories written in both inverted pyramid and narrative styles.
I feel very lucky to have an internship at a newspaper because if I didn’t have this opportunity, I never would have realized how much I enjoy working at a paper. Now I feel like I would love to start a career at a newspaper, but I’m worried because everyone says newspapers are dying and won’t survive. If only I was born a decade or so earlier!
However, I have noticed the push towards producing more videos and online content at my internship. It’s really cool how photographers I work with are using their iPhones to take photos and then uploading the photos to Instagram to add cool filters. I think that’s a really great, innovative way to stay up-to-date in the journalism industry. So I still feel hopeful that newspapers can adapt to the changing times.