Paul the intern’s final blog post

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Dear MPC members,

It’s been a blast! My internship here at the press club has come to an end, and I leave you with my final post.

I’d like to start off by thanking those of you who mentored me throughout this experience.

Linda, press club president, took me under her wing and showed me what it is to be a true journalist. Riffing off the news as a journalist is one of the many things she taught me this summer. Never rushing a story—ensuring its content is up to snuff before sending it to publication.

Ilia Blinderman, the Big Apple connection, tutored me in how to extract the most newsworthy information out of a story—”what affects people the most?”

Not to mention the fact that he was, and is, a crucial component of the Student Planning Committee.

On that note, I’d like to thank Katrya and Shrinkhala for taking part in our ongoing venture as well. I commend them for showing up to our weekly early morning coffee shop pow wows!

Celine Cooper: another essential SPC member. She’s shown us the way in regards to how were going to put on our student-oriented events. Her industry experience and strong connections were sort of what we were missing in our committee. We’re extremely excited about the great events we plan on putting on this fall  with her help. Some big names have shown interest, now it’s just a question of when and where.

Tracey Arial, thank you for your help on my latest story, which you can find here. This article I wrote about ongoing negotiations between Concordia and its teaching assistant union was, by far, the hardest story I’ve ever written. At one point I thought it would be the end of me!

Dealing with union leaders and tight-lipped spokespeople, I’ve now learnt, is a tough enterprise. Well, Tracey guided me through it.

It’s an article that’s part of a bigger story, a story that affect many people and groups at Concordia. It’s a story I intend to tell to the students and employees of Concordia as it continues to unfold going into the school year.

I learnt so much in writing this piece, working with Tracey and Linda on it—what to do, what not to do, what to say, what not to say.

Those are lessons I now realize are gained only once you step outside of the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, the academic part is important, but there really is no substitute for actual practical experience. I guess that’s what interning is all about.

Finally, I’d like to thank those of you who took to time to read my weekly ramblings. It gave me that much more motivation to want to write a better post each week.

All in all, my experience at the press club has been a good one. I’ll be heading back to school in September with knowledge, tools and wisdom that I didn’t have when I finished my first of three years back in May.

Moving forward in my degree, I’ve decided to focus on broadcast journalism. My courses this fall: research methods for journalism, law and ethics in journalism, and video journalism. Can’t wait!

I plan on staying involved with the press club and its Student Planning Committee. I hope to see some of you at the events we’ll be putting on this year. At this stage, we’re still securing guests and deciding on dates, but keep an eye out for updates on the MPC Facebook page and its revamped website.

Well, I guess this the part where I say goodbye (for now). I’ll leave you guys with a little quote by Bill Hicks  I came across the other day.

It got me thinking. Perhaps it will you too…

So long,

Paul M.