Hey there dear readers! I’ve been very busy this week and have had no time to do any proper research on an article. Instead of using this as an excuse not to write anything, I’ve decided I’m going to tell you what I HAVE been doing lately. Don’t worry if you’re not interested in my averagely exciting life: reading on is not compulsory, but nonetheless very much appreciated.
The most time-consuming activity in my life at the moment is without a doubt the internship I’m doing. I’m working as an editor for the website of a popular Belgian newspaper. You can interpret popular as the vast amount (in Belgian terms) of readers as well as the style of writing, although compared to English tabloids it’s still a very serious news source. I find it very interesting to observe what goes on behind the scenes of the media world so in that aspect this internship has been very educational. The people who work at the website pretty much let me do the job of an actual editor. I definitely appreciate the fact that they trust me with all this responsibility. Of course there has to be a but, in this case it’s the fact that this job is definitely not the “this is it” moment I was hoping to get out of my internship.
It’s not a bad job in any way, but I can’t see myself being passionate about doing this every day. I think the most important characteristic of the online news world is being first, which means that everything has to be done as quickly as possible. I think that’s the main problem I have with this kind of journalism, the fact that due to lack of time there isn’t much journalism to it. It really is more editing a text than actually writing one from scratch (I mean gathering the information yourself). Also I feel a bit uncomfortable putting articles online that I wasn’t able to check myself. When you depend on press agencies and other media completely it makes books like “Flat Earth News” and “Trust Me, I’m Lying” feel very real. In general it’s all a bit too momentary for me. I think for my future “real job”, whether that’ll be in journalism or not, I’d like to work on more long-term projects.
Another downside to this internship is the fact that I have to commute 4 hours a day to get there and back. By car it only takes abo
ut 45 minutes, but I still don’t have my drivers license (I know, I know, shame on me) so I need to depend on the very undependable Belgian public transport. Luckily I’ve been able to work from home a couple of days per week lately, which is so great! Getting up half an hour before you start, sitting behind your desk in your pajama bottoms and drinking your favorite brand of tea, what’s not to love? Today I’ve worked from home as well so I can take time off next Friday.
That brings me to the next update: I’m finally seeing my English beau next week, after a month of LONELY SUFFERING. Yes, I’m being overdramatic, but hey one can be overdramatic every once in while. With Friday off and Easter Monday off, we have four days to be anti-social and disgustingly couply. After he leaves I have one more week of working for free. I’m looking forward to finishing my internship because it means I can tick off another box on the way to my graduation. After that there is only one (unfortunately very big) task left on my to-do list: writing a thesis. I’m writing my thesis on advertorials on blogs and whether or not people recognize them as advertisements. A topic I actually find very interesting, and on which I’ll probably dedicate another blog post.
So dear Sunday Blah readers, that is what has been going on in my life the last couple of weeks. I know it’s not all that exciting, I miss my social life too, but sometimes you just ‘gotta do what you gotta do’.