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JANIS Joplin Moises: ‘Seeing how my articles were edited into a more publishable version always amazed me and gave me better insights on how I should write next time.’ / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE SUBJECTS

Online education, for students who have had to fulfill internship requirements, has been a new experience for all, including the companies taking in college students for on the job (OJT) training.

Daily Tribune (DT) has provided the platforms for journalism students to learn on the job, as much as the limitations from pandemic restrictions have allowed.

Below are some of the experiences of University of Sto. Tomas trainees who were recently part of the DT OJT program.

Students interested in joining the program may email lifestyle@tribune.net.ph.

Creative freedom and
finding a niche
Waking up, a dreaded black coffee on the side, the warm presence of 7 a.m. and the moxie to start the day early became my definition of ordinary when I started my internship.

And I hate writing! But I know I wouldn’t know what to do and know who I am without it. This internship has made it clearer that this is what I want to do in the future though maybe not for the rest of my life. Because, through this internship, I’ve also become more entranced with and agog in the arts.

Writing stories and articles under the lifestyle and entertainment section have kept me more abreast with the trends while I try to make sense of the round-the-clock cycle of issues for the public to read the next day. While serving the pleasure of the audience, I’ve also learned more about how imperative it is, especially these days, to approach stories with a critical lens.

I used to be hesitant about showing my work and being assessed in the context of my stories, but seeing my name on Daily Tribune’s print gave me confidence and competence in producing more news stories. Finding news angles and finishing stories beyond completing my 200-hour quota, this is also my first step, a build-up for the professional world. However, it’s unfortunate that I, along with my fellow interns, didn’t get to physically experience covering events, or being exposed to the rush and normalcy of workplace realities.

My bosses and supervisors at Daily Tribune have given me enough creative freedom and journalistic independence to delve into my interests and at the same time challenge what I have learned as a student journalist. They provided me an evenue where I can put theory into practice. And I thank them for their trust, guidance and understanding especially under these trying times.  Gem Marquez

GEM Marquez: ‘Writing stories and articles under the lifestyle and entertainment section have kept me more abreast with the trends while I try to make sense of the round-the-clock cycle of issues for the public to read the next day.’

Expanded world
During my OJT with the Daily Tribune, I have learned a lot and more about writing. The best part of it was reading the edited version of my articles. Seeing how they were transformed into a more publishable version always amazed me and gave me better insights on how I should write next time.

I absolutely enjoyed the experience of working with an established news organization. Though it would have been better if it was a face-to-face experience — seeing that the Daily Tribune has a somewhat relaxed and affable vibe that I could feel from the way they talked to their interns — I still enjoyed writing for their spotlight and lifestyle sections. It was a different experience from writing news at a student publication.
Aside from that, we were also given the chance to cover events and write for other sections.

I was able to write for their Diversity section, which was something I was proud of the most throughout the duration of my internship.

Overall, I want to thank Daily Tribune for allowing me to have this experience and for equipping me with knowledge on working with a publication in the world outside of UST.
Janis Moises

Memorable glimpse
My internship in the Daily Tribune was a memorable experience. Of course, with the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, I knew it wasn’t half of what I was supposed to be doing or enjoying in fulfilling my 200 hours (I was looking forward to experience coffee breaks in certain coffee shops in Makati or working in the headquarters and seeing how they produce the newspapers).

Still, the weeks I spent transcribing at night or looking for trending news stories as soon as I woke up gave me a glimpse of what it’s like to be working in the industry as a lifestyle journalist.

I guess the highlight of my internship was seeing my articles or my name in the newspaper and on the website because it felt nice for your work to be read by many.

I was kind of expecting to be doing more reviews and press conferences where I would be seeing some artists in person, but it really would not be possible at this time.

I am grateful to the Daily Tribune for giving me an opportunity to work with them for a few weeks. I’ll surely take everything I’ve learned from them with me in the future.  Peach Manos

PEACH Manos: ‘I am grateful to the Daily Tribune for giving me an opportunity to work with them for a few weeks. I’ll surely take everything I’ve learned from them with me in the future.’

Challenges faced and conquered
For over three months, my Daily Tribune internship was really challenging, fulfilling and the most special internship I’ve ever done during the pandemic.

There were lots of struggles, adjustments and learnings to discover. I, as a student journalist, learned how to explore the world of entertainment, trending topics and the lifestyle section.

The mentors and editors are very professional yet very friendly and accommodating. When I write, I always want to make sure that I bring out what I can do — how to make it interesting and stand out from the other stories.

Daily Tribune always helped me realize that writing and looking for trending stories can be very hard, but it is possible as long as you know your core skills in writing and what kind of story you want to write.

I would like to thank all the editors, mentors and supervisors who helped us to get through and accomplish one of our final requirements in the senior year.

Too sad we weren’t able to work physically and interact with the people of Daily Tribune — that would have been great. I will take the learnings, the new experiences in the future career I will take and also as a person.

Looking forward to working and meeting the beautiful and skillful people of Daily Tribune in the future. It was truly an honor to work with them.
Mark Geronimo

MARK Geronimo: ‘There were lots of struggles, adjustments and learnings to discover. I, as a student journalist, learned how to explore the world of entertainment, trending topics and the lifestyle section.’

Experiencing many firsts
My experience in The Daily Tribune as an intern is better than what I expected. To be honest I thought it would be difficult for me because of the work from home setup and restrictions since there is an ongoing pandemic.

The schedule for our tasks was organized well and the events that I got to cover were always fun to write about.

I don’t have any experiences to be honest. That’s why I got to experience most of my firsts here. Covering events and writing a concert review were my favorites out of all the tasks that were assigned to me.

This internship program also made me realize my weaknesses and strengths when it comes to writing. With the guidance and advice from my mentors, I learned what I need to do in order to become a better writer. Since they were approachable, it was not hard for me to ask questions and learn from them. They were also kind enough to point out my mistakes.

Overall, it was a really good experience for me. I’m really glad that I got the chance to have my internship in Daily Tribune. I can really say that this experience helped me grow as an aspiring journalist. Kyla Chua

KYLA Chua: ‘This internship program also made me realize my weaknesses and strengths when it comes to writing.’

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