Have you ever pictured yourself as the editor of a magazine, a journalist who is constantly looking around for new things to write about, a photographer, or even an interviewer? I did, and I never thought I would have all of these opportunities at the age of 17! Parent Edge gave me the chance to be an editor, journalist, interviewer and a photographer during my internship with the parent-focused magazine. This was something I started during my summer vacations and continued for a few more months into the academic year. As student editor, my task was to write articles based on certain topics that were given to me by my supervisor. Each article had to have a great amount of research, both primary and secondary, to be able to make it informative and interesting to read. Depending on the topic at hand, this research involved interviewing students, parents, teachers, company executives, etc. Also, some research had to be done over the Internet and books so that accurate and in-depth information could be used for the final write-up. After a sufficient amount of research was done, it would then be compiled with the most important points being highlighted and then incorporated into the body of the article as quotes or points. After writing the article, it would be mailed to one of the editors at the magazine, who would then send the edited version back to the student as feedback and learning experience.
I could definitely say that my experience at Parent Edge was incredible. Throughout my schooling life I always wrote articles for inter-school events or conferences, of which the target audience was always students of the schools. The internship allowed me to explore beyond what I had been used to, and write for a much older target audience; parents. I learnt how to write in a whole new style, one that is more sophisticated and serious, rather than cheerful and humorous. The writing was more factual, investigative, and the presentation included mostly bullet points and text rather than pictures and animations. Through this, I learnt that I need to adapt to different writing styles and presentations for different age groups. I also gained knowledge in the research aspect; I was given topics I knew nothing about, and hence had to research extensively on those topics so that I would be able to write an article. Seeing as I was working on the basis of time, I had many deadlines as well. Depending on the article, I would be given a certain amount of time in which I would have to complete the write-up. Having the time limit gave me an exposure to real-life deadlines and how work experience would be, and gave me the pressure of working on the articles as well as schoolwork, enabling me to improve my time management skills.