I am currently an editorial and publishing intern, and writer, at the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator newspapers in Brooklyn, New York. As an intern in the world of journalism and reporting, I am being exposed to how the industry operates, while exploring and finding my written voice. I am learning all of the different steps and stages that occur from the process of story generation to print. My duties involve covering events that happen in Brooklyn, reporting on incidents, interviewing people (in person, on the phone, over email) and getting good quotes, taking photos and writing articles. Another perk is that I do not get coffee or run personal errands, which I have done at other places and is required at many organizations. I am assigned the pieces that I need to write about and am given a deadline for them, since the newspaper publishes every Thursday. The beautiful thing about working for them is that they accept my pitches and encourage me to write about my own passions - not all places will allow this luxury of freedom. When I am finished I submit them to the editor-in-chief, where they are edited and then published. My favorite assignment so far was when I covered Brooklyn Fashion Week. I sat in the front row, in a seat that was reserved for me and even got a “goodie bag.” I got this internship by reaching out to them through email and sending along my resume and writing samples. Starting out locally is the best way to build your published writing portfolio and establish byline credits, while gaining the most hands-on experience and having the freedom to find yourself and learn the ropes as a writer.
Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator (in the order they were published)