What do you wear to see the Governor?

So it turns out that all my worrying and nervousness yesterday was for NOTHING.

Everyone I met today at The Gazette was super-nice and helpful. I even wrote my first story (about a CSX rail worker who was killed on the job) and it might get published in tomorrow’s paper or on the website (which is linked on the right of this page under “I Intern Here”).

Tomorrow I get to go to a press conference that Governor Patterson is having at the GE Global Research Center where he is supposed so unveil some grand plan involving stimulus money. Then, at 2 p.m. I am going to the Alplaus Post Office to interview women who knit things for charity…on top of working on a story about the NY Bicycle Coalition which is due by 3 p.m. on Wednesday for publication in the paper on Thursday. It’s going to be hectic but I am loving every minute of it.

I loved everything about the office: everyone on their phones calling public officials and people. AP wiring photos and stories–constant emails with press releases about EVERYTHING imaginable–writing stories in one swoop, no stop and go like in the college journalism atmosphere. I am a journalist. I get paid. I have a desk and a phone line. The chief of the Bethlehem police returned my phone call today because I work for The Daily Gazette in Schnectady, NY.

This is going to be such a phenomenal opportunity to get published and to get REAL experience. If I got an internship at almost any other publication I’d be stuck making coffee and sorting through mail, not actually writing, reporting, and getting published in a daily newspaper.

!!!!!!!! I am really, really, really excited. I love everything about my life right now.

Also, I got an email from Jamie at Artvoice and I’m starting my web team internship this summer, too! I’ll probably be doing most of it from my DESK in The Gazette office, during my downtime, so I KIND OF get paid for that, too. Oh, and Angela got it, too, which means I get to work with her when I start going into the office in the fall.

Did I mention that I love everything about my life right now?

Because I do.

I do, I do, I dooooo!

To all the people who doubted me, lied to me, and were/still are generally nasty to me–suck it.

I feel vindicated.

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