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Georgia TeenWork Interns: New Beginnings & Chapters

By Nicole Vacarella, Editorial Intern

Over these past couple of months, I have come to experience a whole new concept of what a working environment is like. Things that kids perceive work to be in school is nothing compared to what the real world has in store. It’s hard to believe that my time at Atlanta Tribunehas come to an end, but I can truly say my time here has been rewarding and extremely educational. I knew I would be in good hands as I took on the tasks given to me by Ms. Whittaker, my supervisor and Ms. Mines, my boss –- who mentored me every step of the way. From completing the scholarship guide to practicing for an actual job interview, they both  managed to teach me valuable lessons.

There is so much that goes into creating a magazine and I am so proud to have been a part of the production process for the July and August issues. Looking back, there is so much that the other two interns and I have completed. I really enjoyed the July issue, because I went to the golf tournament and took pictures of all the business leaders, entrepreneurs and the golf clinic. I had the opportunity to interview them about their work lives. It was definitely an event I will never forget. For the August issue, I was constantly working on something that contributed to the magazine and even though sometimes I found it to be a long process – it was a process worth doing. The feeling of accomplishing something and then getting to see your work viewed by the community is so gratifying. My respect for not only this magazine, but for the whole journalism industry has grown immensely.

I can’t stop thinking about how lucky I am to have worked this summer and I can’t even imagine what I would be doing if I hadn’t worked. So many teens think that getting a job is so simple and that they are going to be able to start right off the top once graduating from college. One thing that I have learned though, and really taken to heart is that the work field has become extremely competitive which means that you have to start early. It’s all about building your life resume so that you can show all that you’ve got, but at the same time learning how to show your skills in the most unique way in order to stand out and be remembered. I have always believed that knowledge is true power and I have grasped a copious amount of knowledge by my mentors at Atlanta Tribune –- even through my own mistakes. I thank Atlanta Tribune for this opportunity, because I will be using my experience and knowledge from this job to further grow as a person as well as expand my skills in the future.

The End of a New Chapter

By Shamiah Byrd, Editorial Intern

Working at Atlanta Tribune has been such a great journey and has tremendously affected my life. From June 1st, up until now, I have learned so much from this business which I can now apply to my own life. On day one, I can remember being a nervous wreck. But, I can truly say that the days that followed were worth the ride. There were times when I doubted my ability to complete tasks, but I also had the best supervisors to guide me along the way and make things a lot easier. Each day, working in the office alongside the other two interns, I learned something new and interesting. Whether it was from the daily news which I reported to Ms. Whittaker every morning or news about the magazine as a whole, I was always learning something different – and I embraced it.

Some of my daily tasks were challenges and some were simple. Archiving took the longest. I had to make sure things were consistent, polished and accurate. Even though I had my moments, I conquered the frustration of fear and feelings of “can’t” and got the job done!

Other assignments such as proofing pages, researching, organizing, and taking notes at the events went smoothly. Contributing to the magazine however, was personally my most profound assignment as well as memory. Never have I thought I would be contributing anything to any type of publication. But that all came to pass, thanks to Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine. The events were especially extraordinary to me as well because it was a time for me to get acquainted with different professionals from all around Georgia. The golf tournament was a fun experience but the Annual Moving Your Business Forward Conference was the best event out of the two.

The conference was my favorite because I actually learned useful information that I could use in the future. Experts gave tips about blogging, the right technology to use, how to attract people with your websites, building websites and so much more.

On my last day, I got a chance to see all my hard work come to life – and I felt proud. In the August issue, I did a People page blurb; I helped with the scholarship guide – which was the largest of any other August issue — a tech feature and a booklist. I have grown immensely as an individual and my knowledge continues to grow. Atlanta Tribune’s staff has taught me priceless lessons that most teenagers my age would not even take the time to learn. It’s a blessing for me to have had such an opportunity.


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