Fresh Eyes

Day One on the Job

By Nicole Vacarella, Editorial Intern

When I first stepped into Atlanta Tribune’s offices, I really didn’t know what to expect. All I knew about this place was that it was a magazine and I would be spending the next two months diligently working. In the first few minutes of my first day, my perspective quickly changed as I tried to soak in all the information. As my supervisor was explaining what it was I would be doing here, I started to understand how much actually goes into creating this unique magazine. She began by telling me about the high expectations that are set when working here and expressed how crucial it is to be thorough and attentive when working. With the other two interns working with me, I would be filing and typing, along with researching and coming up with topics that could possibly end up in the magazine, which was shocking but amusing at the same time. I learned how to set up an archive, which I thought was going to be overwhelming, but surprisingly wasn’t bad. As my day progressed, my interest in this magazine started to spark. One of my many duties here was to broaden my knowledge of the history of Atlanta Tribune and I was touched by how dedicated this magazine has been for the past 23 years.

The history of Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine is what makes this magazine more unique. This publication has been running for more than 20 years and focusing its beliefs on the idea that being successful is not necessarily being rich, but rising above the challenges that come in the world of business in order to reach your highest potential. It predominantly targets African American readers in the Atlanta metropolitan area and focuses on businesses and wealth-building coverage. It also provides information on the financial, technology and political sectors. I think an immense amount of work goes into following these old traditions at Atlanta Tribuneand I recognize the value.

To be honest, I’m a little overwhelmed and nervous about everything that I will be attending to, but at the same time, I’ve come to see that this magazine strives on ambition and perseverance, just like the people they write about. I believe that this opportunity to work at this company will not only hone my writing skills, but will teach me the value of hard work. There is so much that I want to achieve while I’m here and I believe I will gain a lot of knowledge. The two main things I think are important for me to learn is time management and staying organized. Mostly, I just want to feel like I’ve accomplished a lot while I’m here and just have fun with it.

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