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Guest Post for The Happy Freelancer

A little while ago I was asked by my Twitter friend and fellow PWAC member, Heidi Turner, to write a guest post for her wonderful writing blog. The Happy Freelancer shares many great personal stories as well as career advice for freelance writers. I was honoured to be asked to contribute to this wonderful online resource along with many other freelance writers whom I admire.

Check out the many inspiring posts as well as my guest post about my experiences as an intern in All Work and No Pay: Surviving Unpaid Internships.

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Another Tale for the Intern Diaries

My internship is nearly complete and it has definitely been keeping me busy. So busy that I haven’t even shared any of my experiences. *tsk tsk*

The fictional magazine office from one of my favourite films, Funny Face

As I finally find a moment to step back and take it all in perspective, I thought I would share some of the highlights from the past few weeks as a fashion editorial intern.

Blog Posts

One of the best parts of my internship (naturally) has been contributing to the fashion blog. I haven’t had much fashion news writing experience before, so this has been a new and enjoyable learning experience.

You can check out my byline in these posts:

Photo Shoots

Another first for me has been assisting on set at editorial photo shoots for a magazine.  Spending a day on set for a fashion spread is part of the job description for many editors, and the amount of work that goes into getting that perfect shot totally fascinated me. Never mind all of the pre-planning to organize a location, props, hair and makeup artists, models, a photographer and of course a plethora of clothing, shoes and accessories to be featured, the day of the shoot is long and can be very hectic. The editors have a specific idea or theme in mind for the photos and it can be many takes until that perfect shot comes through the lens.

A small selection of the beautiful items I was responsible for packing, unpacking and documenting while on set.

I was on set for a spread that will be in the January issue of the magazine (you can check it out for yourself in a few weeks when it comes out). I was at the studio early and returned well after nightfall but it was quite exciting to be part of the behind the scenes planning and executing of the set, and I met some really talented industry professionals.

Modelling

Now I know you are probably thinking to yourself, “since when is modelling on the list of intern duties?” and, “Daniela who are you kidding?” but really I just couldn’t say no. I recently made my modelling debut on the fashion blog when a fellow intern asked me to help her out with a post she was writing about how to wear thigh-high socks. So in the name of fashion I put my insecurities aside and spent the day test out a few different pairs of socks for the comfort and style level and then reported my findings back to my fellow intern and one of the fashion editors. It turned out to be a fun and informative little experiment, and one more thing for me to add to my “life resume” as I like to call it.

The internship is not over yet and you can expect to hear a bit more in the coming weeks. Until then, feel free to mail me any spare TTC tokens you have lying around if you’d like to contribute to my internship. Thanks in advance.

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The Intern Diaries Week Four: The Grand Finale

Some wise words

For some reason I have the lyrics of this old Sinatra song in my head as I write this post.  The end of my four week stint as an editorial intern at Pinellas News in St. Petersburg, Florida has arrived. Four weeks, 21 stories, and dozens of Twitter updates later its time to go back to Canada for my last semester of J-school (more on that in a future post).

It seems like only yesterday I arrived down here, got my official press pass and started learning about this city by the bay. Four issues of the paper later, I have learned so much. There have been many high and low points, many great accomplishments and frustrating moments, exciting encounters, long hard days, and leisure time to explore.

I’m very grateful for all of the opportunities I was given at the paper (even if I was a little reluctant to learn Quark and Photoshop and get out there with that big Nikon camera). I can now say i’ve dabbled in almost every area of the newspaper business, and I’m sure if I stayed a little longer I would have been learning about the ads and circulation too. Although I’m looking forward to going home to see all my loved ones and get back to more learning at school, I’m sad to be leaving the internship, and, lets be honest, the subtropical weather.

Click here to read my articles in Pinellas News for January 29th.

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