So, where was your internship and what was the position?
T: When I was 19 and in my second year of university I interned at Who’s Jack magazine. The role was blogging, writing features and helping to organised live music events. I took the unpaid position in order to pass my second year. I also felt it was important to show that I had a genuine interest in journalism.
What were you hoping to get out of the experience?
T: I wanted to see if pop culture journalism was a career I wanted to pursue after university, and if the job was actually as fun as it looked in the publications I was reading. I soon learnt it was creatively fun, but there is little to no money in independent publications. However, because of the lack of funds I learned a ton about pulling off events and pleasant-looking editorial with zero budget. I learned how to work with PR agencies, brands, labels and musicians, and persuade them to donate to the cause for the sake of creativity.
How did you enjoy the experience (or not)?
T: I felt super supported by the two senior staff, one of whom I see regularly now on the journalism circuit and have stayed in touch with as a friend who gives me regular career advice. She also introduced me to the hiring manager for my current job at OK! magazine. Both of them made me feel really welcome and I felt appreciated when I was there. They gave me lots of guidance and constructive feedback.
What was a highlight of your time and Who’s Jack? And were there any negative experiences?
T: The highlight was probably booking Example - at that time he was a relatively unknown performing artist. I watched him get completely obliterated on stage and forget his lines. Seeing him a few years later and reminding him of that moment in a professional, journalistic capacity was priceless. I actually don’t think there were any lows, as I learned lots of transferable skills which helped me across events, PR and journalism. Saying that, the long and unpaid hours putting on said events weren’t always fun.
Thank you Tania!