My internship has opened my eyes to an industry that I didn’t know existed until I met my supervisor: scholastic journalism . Of course I knew that high schools had newspapers and yearbooks, but while I was in school I didn’t know that those were journalistic programs, or that some schools even had specific journalism classes. Mine certainly didn’t!
This week my supervisor and I visited a local high school to help them with their latest edition of their newspaper. We were sent their articles to review about a week and a half ago, but with everything that was going on in the office, we only started reviewing them last week…and boy, were they interesting! But sadly, not in a good way. Some of the articles were pretty bad. ☹
I knew that these were high school students, but I assumed that because these students were being taught journalism and how to write journalistically sound articles, they would. These students had plenty of resources right in front of them. My supervisor gave them planning sheets, told them how many words should be in a lead, and how many paragraphs their articles should have. Almost none of their articles followed these directions and she was understandably fed up. The articles were nowhere near ready for print and the adviser was trying to claim that they were.
We almost ended up telling the school we couldn’t help them anymore because of their disregard for all my supervisor had done for them, but I convinced her otherwise. I knew that if their stories were this bad, that they really did need our help. This experience was a direct reflection of some advice she constantly gives me: to not take anything for granted.
A lot of the time I go into circumstances assuming that someone knows how to do something like I do, or that they think the same way I do, but sometimes that’s just not the case. And it’s okay. In the end we went to the school the students were surprisingly very receptive to our suggestions. I look forward to helping them again!