Posted by Ariel at Monday, June 27, 2011
Well, my first week at the Chicago Sun-Times was a blur of interviews, deadlines and public transportation. It's been sort of hard to blog about it, seeing as I don't have Internet access in my apartment, so just know that I will update as often as I can :)
I walked into the office for my first day of work, was introduced to the metro editor, handed an assignment and sent out for my first story within the first 10 minutes. The article was about Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) plans to up security and install new cameras. I made it to the station where they made the announcement with plenty of time to spare, and before I knew it, I had my first Sun-Times byline. You can read the article here.
My second story came about when a woman's car was stolen while her 1-year-old son slept in the back seat. I really enjoyed doing this story because I had to call around to police stations and hospitals to get information, and I had to get it done as fast and accurately as possible. It's something I don't do a lot at The News Record, and the fast-paced, intense rush of the newsiness was really invigorating. You can read that article here.
On Friday, I got to go to the Taste of Chicago, an annual food festival, to see what attendees thought of the changes made to the festival this year (more security, local music acts, etc.). I felt a lot more in my element with this story, because it's very similar to some college living articles at TNR. I also had a great time previewing the Taste, which is one seriously cool event. You can read the article here.
Now, I'm off to start my second week. So far, I love everything about this job. It's great to walk into the office with no idea what'll happen, then spend the day chasing leads and writing articles. This internship is already more than I could have asked for, and I can't believe I get to do this stuff all summer!