My interesting week at the Gazette
WHEN the dog brings the newspaper through the door or your Dad plonks it on the kitchen bench as well as several overflowing shopping bags, or even when you read it, you don’t see the mass of work that goes into the weekly newspaper.
This week of work experience at the Gazette has been both an inspirational and educational journey that has allowed me to see all aspects of newspaper production. It has not only given me a deeper inPORT sight on the newspaper/journalism industry but has also enlightened me of workplace procedures.
I worked 6-7 hours a day helping with stories, editing and proof reading articles, completing the 10 years ago section and watching how the team used digital production tools to make the paper.
I learned to appreciate that the pages of a newspaper are more than just a bunch of words and pictures.
It’s time, it’s effort, it’s late nights at the office, it’s everything from article writing and editing to interviewing and photography.
Not to mention all the sales aspects as well. The simplest things such as; organisation of files, daily schedules and text size are vital in order to get the newspaper out the door.
This industry also has incredible diversity. . I found myself sitting down holding a joey one day and discussing local economic development with the shire’s consultant in the same chair the next day.
Work experience also had a strong and positive effect on Mossman State High School students Fleur Prins (15) and Jazz Moran (15).
Jazz worked with the Grade 2 class of Miallo State School for a week and can surely say it’s on her list of future careers.
She marked the children’s work, helped them with Maths and Literacy and went on playground duty.
“When you explain something to the children and they finally get it, it’s such a great feeling,” Jazz said.
Fleur Prins, constantly fascinated by make-up, was also inspired at The Cairns Beauty Academy where she spent her week of work experience.
She became a client for her first day, enjoying massages, exfoliating and body wraps as well as modelling, using special effects make-up and cleaning up the academy.
Learning new things about make-up and beauty therapy was what she enjoyed most about the experience. “It made me realise my great passion for this industry,” Fleur said.
I’d like to thank my employer Shane Nichols and all the other Gazette staff, who made this an incredible experience.
It was great meeting the joey