Traineeship running smooth, but I’m lacking sleep

October 17, 2007 at 6:21 am | Posted in Journalism | 14 Comments
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Update: I got my first proper feedback for things I had written on my own yesterday and a very favourable public appraisal. It’s a damn good feeling if you are 33 (i.e. officially too old for traineeships), have four academic papers published but nothing in the journalistic arena, don’t know whether you have got anything to offer to the market, still think that you can write better that most journos you have witnessed and then get this feedback from someone who has been in the business for 40 years and has had three bestselling books on right wing populism:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your pieces. And you have got your very own style. Which editorial office do you want to join for the three weeks of practice?”

I said “online”, because that is the area where I have experience AND they are planning to hire someone. At the same time, I wouldn’t mind going somewhere else in order to improve my writing and learn more about print journalism, because this is NOT an area in which I have much experience. So let’s see where I’ll be assigned.

Following a momentary relief after the submission of our Monday assignments, our tasks are now piling up again on our desks. 2 due today – that’s why I need to be in the office at 8, not 9:30 when it officially starts.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? 27/40

March 25, 2007 at 10:03 am | Posted in Blogging | 9 Comments
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I’m feeling a bit computered out these days, but that comes as no surprise. I’m doing almost everything on the computer, even the contemplative moments that I need for class preparations are spent on the computer. I also fill a great deal of my spare time with writing (blogging and other) or other arb thing to do on the computer . I’m beginning to grow tired of the sound of my lappy (although my boyfriend would probably claim the opposite;-) but my reclusion to the virtual certainly has a lot to do with my complete aversion to the place (as in: town, not in apartment) where I live. I’ve practically gone into hibernation, not even trying to settle in anymore (that wouldn’t be possible without a complete brainwash anyway:-) So soon I need to make up my mind as to what is going to get me out of here. Or how I am going to get myself out of here. It’s a bit of a daunting task – the one and not inconsiderable thing (considering this is capitalism) I have here is a fairly secure job which even allows me to save a little without having to scrimp. It’s like hibernating and putting on fat at the same time. But to which end? And putting on fat forever cannot be good for you either.

Main question is: Am I bold enough to leave without having secured a job for myself elsewhere? But securing a job and _then_ resigning is a bit complicated, as I cannot leave during the semester (unless I was keen on having to bail me out of my contract). And where should I/we go? There are several places under discussion, but final decision is pending (and hard to come up with anyway – eventually, we will go where the money/job is).

A bit of entertainment to brighten up these ruminating thoughts. I came across a website proclaiming itself to be the Pop Occulture Blog (through Oddun’s blog which has a nice pink design and pink is the colour of comfort). I don’t know really how to make sense of it and that’s the pleasant thing about it. The youtube videos are particularly worthwhile, having more to do with the mix than with the content. It’s got Neil Diamond, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and other luminaries, but also stuff like the bit below. Can somebody tell me whether this is an American accent the kid has? Because he seems to fit the stereotype of the growing to be obese American boy all too well. The furniture also reeks of a corresponding social level. Give the people some books! It’s just 17 seconds, but I’m utterly fascinated:-)

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