Overall I would say my experience was positive during my six weeks at The Hockey News. I learned a lot from the senior writers, got valuable advice and my researching and editing skills improved tremendously. However, I would warn future students that there are better opportunities out there. Most of the work I did came during the week an issue was closing, but during weeks where there wasn’t, it was very slow and I found myself with nothing to do. I believe a daily news placement would provide more opportunities for writing and more experience overall. All in all you will enjoy The Hockey News, but in my opinion there are better opportunities available.
Despite the fact I was able to further develop my research, fact-checking and copy editing skills, I do feel as though I didn’t get enough out of this internship. There was little-to-no communication with my supervisor throughout, and I was unable to write anything of my own during the six weeks.
The work environment was very stimulating and a fun place to be, but there were often days where I wasn’t given any work, which made those days drag on. Overall I had a good experience, but I wish I was able get more out of it in terms of writing. Working in such an environment with writers which I’ve followed for years though, is an experience I cannot replace and do not regret taking on.
My time at The Hockey News was excellent, from start to finish. The workers were friendly and quick to answer any questions. The activities ranged from simple editing to researching as well as writing. It’s perfect for someone who has a love for hockey and an interest in what goes into putting together a magazine. The office was very close to campus which made it easy to get to and it was a casual, yet structured work environment. I was able to learn more about the industry and I’d recommend this to anyone interested in hockey and sports journalism.