Now I have an extra three months of experience, I have done many interviews, and I can add another name to my references list.
When you are standing in a room filled with big names and half a dozen reporters from other news organizations, you almost stop feeling like an intern.
I chose to do a story about the Quebec student protests, or the Maple Spring, from the point of view of French citizens.
Learning from books is one thing, but actually going in the field helps you prepare for when you will be sent to a major news event as an industry professional.
I am used to walking into a room and greeting people with a simple “hey” or “what’s up?” – but once you fly over the Atlantic it is another story.
By the end of the week I had been on my first assignments. The most exciting was a press conference about the Tour de France.
Like many young job seekers, I am stuck in a vicious cycle. I don’t have enough experience, so I do not get hired. I do not get hired, so I don’t gain experience.