Hi guys, it’s been a while since I have updated my blog, and I figured what else is there to do on a lazy Sunday night after eating dinner and before you go to bed?
It’s been an action-packed few weeks for yours truly, and in the following blog I will attempt to explain most if not all of the major things that have been going down in my life.
First things first, I’ve spend the last week in Melbourne, staying with my Aunty and two cousins, Jackson (13) and Talia (7) who I haven’t seen in 7 years. It is such a huge change going from hanging out with 20 something year olds to hanging with kids, but its something i’ve found to be pretty cool actually. It basically means I can act like a kid again, and although I do this most of the time anyway, I feel “less-bad” about it, even so much that my grammar can sufferer, albeit for only a few par’s.
But the reason I am in Melbourne is I’m doing an internship with Tennis Magazine Australia. It has basically been a dream of mine since I started Uni to work for this magazine, but I have to admit it hasn’t been what I expected. Firstly, in their office there is three people that work full time. They have free lancers and other people that contribute to the mag, but only three in the office. Call it naivety, but I expected about 15-20 people? Anyway, it turns out it is pretty rare for the mag to offer people internships, as traditionally they don’t offer any kind of work experience, which I guess is due to the fact that it is pretty tiny.
Another thing that struck me as I spent longer there was how much the editor (Vivienne) who I shared an office with, contributed to the mag. She was working on 4 or 5 stories in the week I was there, and after logging a few years worth of articles it is pretty clear she contributes probably 1/3 of all the stories publishes, which is no mean feat. If you happen to have a copy lying around, have a look for yourself. She also doesn’t attribute herself to every article, so that only adds to her impressive tally.
Anyway, onto my experiences. In the week that I have been there, I have been printer-bitch, basically means that I have to run to the printer to get print outs every half an hour or hour, but hey at least I wasn’t coffee bitch. I also have had to log every issue of the mag since it stated, and so far I have only done around two years, 2010 and 2009. It is hard to not stop and start reading the articles is my excuse. I tried my hand at writing some captions for some of the Wimbledon features, I chose a few of the pictures that will be featured in the August edition on TMA, and also did a few other bits and pieces such as writing a piece on oranges (it sounds lame, but was actually pretty cool) and helped come up with some pun-tastic puns such as “Orange ya glad we told you this” and “Orange of benifits.” Classic, in my opinion
I chose “a good time and a bad time” to do my internship, as Vivienne told me on my first day, because it was deadline week meaning I was going to see the best and the worst of her. However, the worst really wasn’t that bad, and apart from a bit of a stress out about what the teaser on the front cover would be, everything went fairly smoothly. (I think)
I also had to pleasure of writing my own article. It was for the section of the mag called “Topspin” where they feature a lesser known player in two pages, so it’s fairly short. Some already covered this year include Sabine Lisicki and Petra Kvitova. I had to chose my player, and draw up a draft plan for the article and pitch it to Viv. I chose German Julia Goerges, because I knew she was having a breakthrough year, and plus she was a bit of a babe. Shallow, I know but still, Viv liked it so I went with it.
It took me a few hours, and 1000 words later I had my story. Viv said she really liked it, which gave me a much needed ego boost, and I could barely contain my smile. Hopefully it will be in the September issue of the mag, which would be brilliant!
Wimbledon just finished, and the highlight for me was Sevens coverage of the event. From 9pm every day, play commenced on free to air TV, and honestly, nothing is better than staying up late watching some quality tennis matches. I think that Channel 9 will be kicking themselves though, because after Tomic’s amazing run to the quarters, his match V eventual winner Novak Djokovic proved to be the highest rating show on any digital channel. Rookie error Channel 9.
Another highlight for me was the implementation of Twitter into the tennis world. Channel 7 embraced Twitter land and showed some live Tweets during most of the matches, to which yours truly made it onto the TV around 4 times. Now, granted the first few times were during Hewitts match when only a handful of people were contributing to the conversation, and I knew exactly what they wanted me to say, I still think it’s pretty cool. I would like to thank my tutor, Julie Posetti, for introducing me to Twitter, without her, my fame would be non-existent. That being said, Im still waiting for the call from Channel 7 to get a job. Isn’t that how it works??
Anyway, my second week of my internship starts tomorrow, and hopefully I get to write another story or two, so keep an eye out for my name in some upcoming issues of TMA! Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, and thanks for reading it kept me occupied for a good twenty minutes, which saved me from watching YouTube clips of hockey and soccer fights.
For the record, hockey fights are the manliest thing I’ve ever seen, and soccer fights are the worst thing I’ve ever seen.
Thanks for reading, peace out and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter: edwin_smith1 . DO IT!