Newspapers, Name Plates, and Election Day

Happy belated election day, Illinois!

Last Tuesday, Illinois held its elections. The Republican presidential candidates (well, three of the four) were in the Chicagoland area. For almost two weeks, I’ve heard reporters say where they’re going to be and who they’re covering.

I should mention how I know this (and it’s not from watching the news). Aside from my part time job, I (finally) have an internship! For the past six weeks, I’ve been an Editorial Assistant Intern at the Daily Herald newspaper. There, I’ve been working with the Community News Coordinators, reading through and editing submitted press releases, emails, pictures and everything in between. I will even admit that working at a newspaper has slightly improved my writing, or, at least, it feels like it has.

When I walked in on Election Day, I knew the newsroom was going to be quiet, but I didn’t realize how quiet. I was one of four people. Those three others were sitting in a far corner. As a result, I was able to snap a picture of my work space without being noticeably weird or disruptive. Okay, I’m a little sappy, but I’m also pretty jazzed. I’m that nerdy intern who wants to document each exciting moment. I was beyond excited when one of the first pieces I edited was released online. Granted, I won’t get a byline, but I know I did the editing on that piece.

Notice my name plate? And my chair? And computer? Yeah, it's a typical desk but it's mine.

I’m not saying I’m a master editor, because I know I have a long way to go. However, I’ve made sure my reading has corresponded accordingly to my internship. I just finished reading The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago. I highly recommend this for those of you already in the editing field and those who want to get your foot in. It’s a great resource to understanding the work you do (or will do) and how to handle projects, deadlines, and style. It’s a survival manual for your editing sanity. I guarantee you’ll also get a good laugh every couple of pages.

Although I probably won’t get the opportunity to take random pictures around the newsroom again, I just wanted to share this moment with all of you.

Once again, happy belated election day, Illinois!

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