The Kid Adventures: Learning Styles (late)

So far, every day that I have been at the CYC for Afterschool Adventure something happens that simply amazes me, be it something that a kid says or does, something they write, the vast difference in learning styles and abilities, or something else. I'd like to talk about two specific kids that I have worked with concerning learning styles. For privacy purposes, I am changing the students' names.

Dreading Design

This week I am taking a break from writing articles and approaching a different large chunk of this internship - the menu. Although I am not a major in document design, I did show my internship coordinator a few of my works from the class. That generated the idea of a link to an online menu. So I have started to work on that while a few bugs are worked out for the Facebook page. While I have experience in creating this sort of document, it is again very limited - much more limited than even my experience in article writing.

Royal Wine Canine Story

This week I'm really getting into the work with the mascots of Skandis Fine Wines (her dogs). I have to come up with a continual story--an adventure, of sorts--and pair that to pictures of the puppies every week. So there was a reason that I had to go through almost 4,000 pictures before!

Themed Article

This week marked my second larger article for The Black Sheep. My first had been the transcription of my Mike Birbiglia interview/article. That last one had just really fallen into my lap, and covered my major article for that month. This next one, however, had to be a specific type of article – A Halloween themed one. About two months ago I saw that I was chosen on the calendar to write a Halloween article. I immediately started to brainstorm ideas and thoughts for a decently funny article. I even went as far as beginning two separate rough drafts of articles.

Mad Dash to the Finish

Deadlines are what I feel like I live for as a writer. They give me structure. They give me motivation. They give me that little "oomph" I need to get what I need to get done. Amy and I set a deadline to try to have every blog post from We the Eaters up on Pinterest by the middle of this week, as I briefly mentioned this past Thursday. I've been chugging along at this for a few weeks, but I'm in serious high gear right now.

Interviewing

This week I am interviewing Davy Rothbart. He is the author of the book My Heart Is An Idiot and the founder of Found magazine. Davy went to the University of Michigan and grew up in Ann Arbor. I am interviewing him because he has an event at Calvin College's Ladies Literary Club on November 10. This will be my third interview.

Week of Oct. 23

I really enjoy covering events. There are many different kinds of stories that I could end up writing about. The one thing that they all have in common is that I always need sources. I always need people that I can talk to who can give me the details of the story. Before I get in touch with a source, there is always a little bit of panic that I simply won't be able to connect to them. Maybe they are away, or maybe they never check their email or voice messages. Except for a few minor exceptions though, so far I have managed to connect with people without too much difficulty.

My Very First Tea Party

I have recently been informed that I and the other interns will be having tea with the President of Women At Risk, International, Becky McDonald. There are five interns total. Three of us, including me, work the afternoon shifts. The other two (whom I’ve never met) work the morning shifts. Because we work at different times, it’s hard to schedule a time to meet with the President. Therefore, my supervisor is wondering if I and the other two afternoon interns can come in before our shift next Wednesday so that all of the interns can be there together.

Week of Oct. 16

Our newspaper has an editorial section. It is my understanding that if we have something we feel is important that we want to talk about, anyone can submit an editorial and it can be published. I have never been asked to write one, but the editors let us know that it is always an option and they are eager for our ideas.

Nothing is Permanent

During the last two weeks of my internship I have felt discouraged. I am in the middle of the semester, when things start to go wrong. Instead of the constant happy high I felt in the beginning, my internship feels more like work. I have noticed things I do not like about journalism, and the specific company I am working for. I feel like I am less naive about the whole situation. At first I thought I would get to write a lot, and get awesome advice from my supervisor and write really great stories and feel really good all the time. Well, that is silly.

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