Internship Update 3

Dear Reader,

Exciting news! I’ve finally got the green light to go ahead and publish my official Chicago Tribune designs, meaning you get to finally witness the fruits of my labor. (Click on that hyperlink to see them, or check above at the Menu tab, under “My Designs,” and “Chicago Tribune Designs.”)

Unfortunately, I can’t post every single design I make on my website, because I make so many designs. I’ve tried to include a few that I think are representative of my ability though.

My supervisor returned from his vacation, so I will be moving on from Features in the near future, it seems. Right now though, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to talk with Jonathon Berlin, a graphics editor at the Tribune who has gotten me very interested in a certain type of coding for journalism websites.

Along those lines, I’ve been learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and will start on Python. These languages are essential to web design, and I should definitely learn as much as I can to catch up with this new generation of web-conscious journalists who are coming up behind me.

These past few weeks, I’ve been able to talk to Gerry Kern, the editor of the Tribune, and various other high-up journalists who have been able to offer me great advice.

To end this update, here are some examples of my designs. You can check them all out under the “My Designs” tab up top!

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Internship Update — End of Week 2

Dear Reader,

Hey there! Thanks for sticking around — to reward you, I have many many updates.

First of all, I’ve been embedded in the Features section for these past two weeks, which includes the Home, Garden, Autos, Health, Pharmacy, and many more sections. It’s been crazy getting my designs published by the Chicago Tribune. I couldn’t ask for more.

I’ve also recently taken on the responsibility of designing the Weather page, on the days that I’m working. I’ve designed the Weather page three times (after today) and even though it’s hard to really mess it up, it still always feels like a big undertaking! The Weather page is consistently one of the most popular pages of the newspaper.

I’ve met three amazing coworkers here in the Features section, and they’ve taken me under their wings, helping me grow as a journalist and a designer in general. It’s actually a really cool thing to be mentored by real Chicago Tribune designers — and I’m going to be meeting more and more as I move throughout the sections!

So yesterday, the Chicago Tribune interns all had their first social day! We were led by Kevin Pang, one of the restaurant reviewers for the Tribune, who interned in 2003. It was really fun day, even though being around so many people all day pretty much took it out of me by the end.

Here’s a little bit of photo documentation of yesterday:

Kevin Pang sat us down to talk journalism and careers and to break the ice.
Kevin Pang sat us down to talk journalism and careers and to break the ice.
We went to the Billy Goat Tavern! Apparently, when the Chicago Sun-Times was still right across the river from the Tribune, all the journalists from both newspapers used to meet here halfway for dinner after work. So much history. The food was ok.
We went to the Billy Goat Tavern! Apparently, when the Chicago Sun-Times was still right across the river from the Tribune, all the journalists from both newspapers used to meet here halfway for dinner after work. So much history. The food was ok.
Oh, and the Tavern was also the setting of an SNL skit (I think). Cheeborger! No Pepsi — Coke!
Oh, and the Tavern was also the setting of an SNL skit (I think). Cheeborger! No Pepsi — Coke!
We transformed from Chicago natives working on Michigan Ave to tourists for two hours. Our tour guide was hilarious — apparently she was trained at Second City. Who woulda guessed?
We transformed from Chicago natives working on Michigan Ave to tourists for two hours. Our tour guide was hilarious — apparently she was trained at Second City. Who woulda guessed?
Our tour took us to the Cultural Center: a free, open space for everyone. There is only one rule: No sleeping.
Our tour took us to the Cultural Center: a free, open space for everyone. There is only one rule: No sleeping.
Our tour ended with a obligatory group picture in front of the Bean. Or Cloudgate. Or whichever.
Our tour ended with a obligatory group picture in front of the Bean. Or Cloudgate. Or whichever.
Next, we took the Red Line down to iO Theatre, to take a three-hour improv class and to watch an improv show!
Next, we took the Red Line down to iO Theatre, to take a three-hour improv class and to watch an improv show!

Interning at the Chicago Tribune Update: Newsgate and Training

Dear Reader,

Day 2 of interning at the Chicago Tribune is in the books.

What does my day look like?

Well, every morning at around 8 a.m., I get up to prep for the day (I could walk through every excruciating detail, but you would probably have better things to read), and catch the 9:54 train from Wheaton to Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago.

The bustling center of transportation. Auntie Anne's pretzels are right next to the trains. It's unfairly tempting. Note to self: buy nose plugs when approaching trains.
The bustling center of transportation. Auntie Anne’s pretzels are right next to the trains. It’s unfairly tempting. Note to self: hold nose when approaching trains.

I voluntarily hoof it over to the Tribune Tower, which is on Michigan Ave. The fact that I work on Michigan Ave is great because it’s safe, bustling and pretty, and it’s bad because going out to eat lunch probably means dropping a load of cash — something I don’t have a lot of right now. #collegeliving

When I get to the Tower, I navigate through the labyrinth that is the editorial floor to the design area and report to my supervisor, Chuck Burke. I’m interning with design and copy editing, so I will theoretically operate only on CCI Newsgate.

These past two days, I’ve been trained how to use Newsgate. It has come pretty quickly to me, mostly because I’m a very intelligent person. Just kidding. I’ve learned how to use Adobe InDesign, and though a few basic functions are different than InDesign, Newsgate still has the same goal as InDesign. That makes it easier to understand.

Some dummy designs I've made over the past two days. They're replicas of pages I found in the Tribune's past two days' papers. Pretty good, huh?
Some dummy designs I’ve made over the past two days. They’re replicas of pages I found in the Tribune’s past two days’ papers. Pretty good, huh?

Tomorrow, I’m supposed to start my first real published design with the Chicago Tribune, in their six-page Real Estate section. Though I know next to nothing about Real Estate, I’m excited to learn about it as I design!

Yay newspapers! Yay design!

Photo credit: Bernt Rostad, Mark Buehler, via flickr.com 

P.S. By providing links to the Wikipedia pages of the news designing software, I’m not trying to insult your intelligence — I often ran into technical terms that everyone but I seemed to know when looking up things I should know as a journalist, and it’s just even easier, in my opinion, to give the links to the Wikipedia pages right off the bat. But whateves.