Joshua Peick's blog

LinkedIn Tips

After reading the LinkedIn tips from several different places, I found that there were common themes in all of the suggestions. I noticed all of them saying many of the basics for making a LinkedIn profile, such as choosing a professional photo and writing a good summary of yourself. I found many of the suggestions in these posts to be relatively basic, but for someone who does not have an account already, they would be helpful. Although knew some of the information that was being relayed, there were some suggestions that I had not known were possible on LinkedIn or I didn't even think of.

Juggling Two Jobs

This past weekend, I had a busy few days juggling my two jobs. I attended two women's basketball games for my internship on Thursday and Saturday, while attending two high school basketball games Friday for my second job at the Holland Sentinel newspaper. I have been doing this since September, but the amount of time I spend at events or writing articles will always be a grind on the weekends.

Transitioning in the workplace

There is definitely a level of difficulty involved in transitioning from academic writing to the writing expected in an internship. After writing academically since middle school, it is not easy to suddenly change styles. Academic writing is so comfortable at this point that writing in a different style can feel forceful.

My feature story this week

This week I was assigned a story on a women's basketball player named Taylor Parmley. She is a redshirt sophomore and has played well coming off the bench in recent weeks. She also had an ankle injury a few weeks back, and she recently started playing again. Her presence on the floor was missed while she was gone, but now the offense is back to the way it was in the beginning of the season. That was the original angle of the story. But when I spoke with her in an interview, the angle of the story completely changed.

Grand Valley Lanthorn internship

This semester, I am interning at the Grand Valley Lanthorn as the Assistant Sports Editor. I have worked for the Lanthorn for almost two years now. I worked last year as a staff writer, and last semester was my first semester as the Assistant Sports Editor. As the Assistant Sports Editor, I have a number of jobs that I do for each issue of the paper. I write one to two articles each issue on my three beats for the year (women's soccer, women's basketball and baseball).