Interning at Today’s Parent was more fun than expected. Going into it, I didn’t know much about being a Mom, babies or being a parent in general. It surprised me to see that half of the people in the Editorial department were from Ryerson and that they’re also relatively young. Doing the interview with Kim (Deputy Editor) and Alyssa (Assistant Managing Editor), I was assured that it was a fun close-knit environment with lots of opportunities for journalism.

My goal was to write every week, and I exceeded that by writing 11 stories, which were all published. I learned more about SEO and what kinds of stories do well online. I made great relationships with the senior editors and they introduced me to other editors at Rogers media –including giving me their contact info. Every day was really busy and I liked having things to do.

 

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When I was applying for internships, I never thought I would take a shot at Today’s Parent—but after meeting with the Deputy Editor —I knew it was the right place for me.

I was involved in daily morning meetings, bi-weekly web-pitch meetings, and team gatherings. In the morning, I was usually assigned to write about something trending in the “parenting world”, content I pitched, or to build pre-written content for the website.

I found myself lucky when it came to pitching and writing stories. I was able to write a personal essay for the website, along with many other trending stories. In fact, I will have a small section in the upcoming magazine!

Overall, the team was always kind and made me feel like I had been there for a long time. They were also open about my progress throughout my internship. I would highly recommend Today’s Parent.

 

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My experience interning at Sharp magazine was very positive, being genuinely interested in the subject matter that I wrote about (menswear, style, design, lifestyle, etc.), I found that most of my suggestions for articles and blog posts were met with genuine interest from my editor, and turned into published work. Those pitches, as well as the assignments I was given, helped me flesh out my casual/laid-back voice for a magazine platform. I mostly used WordPress, which I’m now much more confident on. I have since been commissioned by Sharp to write freelance articles.

The team at Sharp was small, but very welcoming and patient with allowing me to learn about how to complete the day-to-day tasks, and with explaining to me how the business as a whole worked. This gave me valuable perspective on how magazines are run.

 

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I had a great learning experience that affirmed my strengths as a reporter, but also brought to light areas of improvement.

I was assigned stories daily, ranging from police briefs to event coverage outside an abortion clinic, city hall, and even crime reporting. I also worked on stories I pitched, like reporting on the aftermath of the Ontario college strike.

Being in a top-level professional environment opened my eyes to the attention to detail required every single day. You’re only as good as the latest piece of copy you put out, and there’s no excuse for errors, no matter how small.

Another lesson that also sunk in was the importance of tailoring pitches to publications. Journalism school allows you to experiment and write what you’d like, but in a business setting you have to make sure the idea is doable and fresh, especially in a daily newspaper. I think part of this struggle comes from being in a feature-writing background, but adaptability is just as important a skill as writing.

 

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Going into my internship, I had no prior knowledge of reporting or covering opera news. However, my time there exceeded my expectations, as I learned to step out of my comfort zone and explore a new field of journalism. Part of my duties included copy-editing, attending Opera rehearsals, conducting interviews, writing articles, making blog posts, and handling all social media platforms.

The work atmosphere is small but relaxing, as it was only me and the Editorial Director, Gianmarco Segato, working in the office. Since I commute, it was helpful that the office was easily accessible to public transit. Gianmarco was easy-going and understanding towards sick-days, or having to leave early. He was always kind and appreciative of the work I was doing.

Overall, I believe Opera Canada to be a great internship. I gained valuable insights such as learning how the process of publishing a magazine works, which can be used towards future opportunities.

 

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I learned to write quickly under deadline on a variety of topics that I either pitched or had been assigned. The job required me to call multiple experts per story and often had me working up until the last minutes of a deadline, especially on the FP side. As challenging as that seems, it really becomes part of the routine. I saw some interns taking multiple days on a story, which was OK, depending on the subject matter. Overall, the workplace very friendly and everyone is willing to help.

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I loved working at The Globe because you’re treated as a staff reporter from the moment you walk in. Be prepared to start writing a story on your first day because there is no training or shadowing. I was given two or three stories a week, mainly for the Toronto section. I had to go out to cover four of them, one was a breaking news story, while the rest were done through phone interviews.

The Globe covers your taxi fare if you’re asked to go somewhere far to cover something and you also get paid $125/week. The staff are welcoming, but since you’re working independently, you don’t get to work with anyone apart from the editors. It’s also difficult to land a job there after the internship because they make it clear that they only hire experienced journalists, not interns.

 

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My placement at the Globe and Mail was probably the best-case scenario for my internship. I was an editorial intern, and it’s a true working internship; you’re assigned the same tasks as backdesk editors and held to the same standards. There was great support from the senior editors and the slots (who assign articles to be edited). I was always free to ask questions.

My day was usually spent editing articles for clarity and content, so when there wasn’t much content to go through it could get a little slow. I also had the chance to write a few published “Moment in Time” segments. I enhanced my editing skills a great deal at the Globe, I’m now able to edit and find errors much faster and know how to adjust my writing to make it as clear as possible.

 

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The Globe and Mail was a pretty perfect internship, but to make the most of it, it is vital to have previous newsroom experience. Nicole MacIntyre, the Deputy National Editor, was a great supervisor to work with, she provided great reporting opportunities, such as staffing Trudeau events and writing cover stories for their Toronto section.

It’s also a challenging newsroom to work in, and a six week term makes it even harder. That’s because while most dailies in Canada have a similar style, the Globe focuses on longer in-depth pieces and have a very specific voice that they get you to write in. Reporters told me that they only felt comfortable with that style after a year (one thing to add is that many of the reporters were incredibly nice!), so six weeks is a hard timeline to get used to it. If you’re a capable writer though, Nicole is great at helping you get a sense of it. Overall, I’d highly recommend the Globe, but be prepared for a challenge and high expectations. 

 

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Global News is definitely the place to be to put your skills to play. In one building, I was surrounded by industry professionals across all journalistic platforms and every aspect of the behind the scenes production. Each day was something new while bustling with the quick work pace, but from the get-go, the people I teamed up with for projects put their trust in me, and gave me real work to do.

Although my name and face was not tied to any of the published pieces, I went home each night feeling accomplished and productive, and many people throughout the office appreciated my contributions. Any time I created a comprehensive database for our investigative research, fact-check scripts, helped with editing and any other task I hopped on, I always received acknowledgement, feedback and thanks. An internship at Global News is a huge door to walk through, but it’s worth it.

 

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