M-School title: Editorial Intern, Today’s Parent
Post-secondary institution: Carleton University
Program of study: Bachelor of Journalism (with a minor in History)
The biggest thing I will take away from M-School is the experience of working in the Today’s Parent office. My internship would not have been the same without the people and the atmosphere there. Today’s Parent felt more like a work-family than a group of people sitting in desks around me. I have learned so much about the industry and my own writing, and for that I am grateful. Knowing there are editors like the ones at Today’s Parent makes me less scared about my future as a journalist. On top of that, I’ve done so much work with WordPress, I feel as though we are one and the same. I’ve written loads of online content (thank goodness I love Disney!) and made many connections that will travel with me for life. This whole summer – from the M-School seminars to the team at Today’s Parent – has taught me more than I could have imagined about myself as a person, and about my career as a journalist. I couldn’t ask for more.
What were your primary tasks?
Pitching and writing content for the Today’s Parent website, fact checking stories, building WordPress posts, editing photos for the website and attending production meetings
Describe one day in the workplace?
On a typical day, I’d be building online content in WordPress, sizing photos and creating a draft for an editor to review. I might be looking for new story ideas, writing short online stories or fact checking other articles. I could also be attending a meeting or doing research. It was never the same day twice.
What is your proudest accomplishment from the internship?
Interviewing Neil Pasricha for an online article about his new children’s book was one of my favourite M-School moments. Not only was it crazy for me (as a book nerd) to interview a major author, but he was also so nice that it made the experience invaluable. I also loved learning how to pitch stories. One of my editors really helped me fine-tune my pitching skills.
What is your dream job?
This is one of my least favourite questions. I don’t have one dream job, I have a bunch! That might be irrational and unattainable but it’s the truth. When I was younger, I used to say my dream job was to be a journalist or a storyteller. Now that I’m older, people expect me to choose a specific path but I don’t want to. I want to be a TV producer for a news station, I want to write a novel, I want to keep YouTubing, I want to write magazine articles and I want to edit. Oh, and I want to travel and write about it! Maybe I won’t accomplish all of those things in my lifetime, but if I accomplish a few of them, I’ll be happy.
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Travel and write. Travel and write. Maybe sleep for a few hours. Drink coffee. Then travel and write some more. Plus, take a ton of video and photos throughout.
Your best work at M-School
My Neil Pasricha interview won’t go up until September, but I’d like that one to go here! It’s an interview I did with Neil Pasricha (bestselling author of The Book of Awesome) about his new children’s book.
A roundup of books “for your Nervous Nelly” – a gallery of back-to-school books for kids who are afraid of their first day!
All of my “TP Loves” posts (quick, quirky posts about Disney stuff or cool videos, etc.) were really fun to write. It was nice to be spunky in my writing.