Diary Week 1
My first day in the Integrated News Facility was anything but unexciting. Having only caught glimpses of the fast-paced newsroom from the glass doors on the second and third floor of Weimer, it was nice to finally come in and join the action.
Upon my arrival, I had the pleasure of personally meeting Matt and Ethan who were kind enough to give me an introduction. They gave me a run down on how the morning was going and what they hoped to accomplish throughout the next few hours; however, because it was Monday morning, and many people’s first day in the lab (myself included), it was hard to know how the rest of the day was going to go.
After getting me set up with the WUFT login information, Ethan passed me off to Mina who gave me a rough idea of what my shift was going to look like. Mina also showed me how to use the WUFT spread she created earlier in the morning, so that all of the 4202ers could keep on top of the ‘webified’ stories written by the 4201ers.
To get an idea of the flow of the projects, Ethan suggested I ‘webify’ my own story. So my first order of was to write a brief summary for an audio peice about the Move Over law. When I finished, I sent a copy of the story to Ethan who made sure that I was following the correct format and got the gist of what I was expected to do. After he pointed out a couple of things to look out for, I edited the story one more time for anything I could’ve missed and posted it online. How exciting!
By the time I finished, Mina was finished putting the final touches on the WUFT story spreadsheet, so I spent the rest of the afternoon editing (1,2,3) and working on Charmaine’s Archer shooting story so that we could get it on the web.
By the end of my shift, I felt fairly confident in my knowledge of how the newsroom worked. I definitively found some things (see my compound adjective mistake in the bike trail story) that I need to work on before my next shifts, but I will be reviewing my handy worksheets from 4201 this weekend.