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. 

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