Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Today, when I walked into the office of the Jackson Free Press, Sophie showed me the layout for the next issue of the JFP. When I saw all our (the interns) hard work for the past two months come to fruition with a quick perusal of the cover and the articles, my reaction was a mixture of joy, relief, and sorrow. At the beginning of my internship, I never thought that, as an intern, I would be assigned and entrusted with what Donna had described as one of our big summer issues. I was frightened that I would not be able to handle such a monumental task, and I was terrified that I would not be able to give the topic the proper honor it deserves. My fears, however, were immature. With the help and encouragement of the JFP staff and interns, I was able to complete the task at hand, but, more importantly, I was able to believe that I could handle such a project. The JFP was always there to answers my questions even when I was afraid that I was asking too many, and they treated each question with importance and respect. This was the most pertinent aspect of the JFP internship for me. Yes, the sole purpose of an internship is to learn and improve upon your craft, but knowing that the JFP believed in me before I even knew I believed in myself is a policy I believe all internships should adopt.
In seeing the layout for the issue, I could not help but to feel just a small amount of sadness. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the JFP, and I can't believe that it is coming to an end. I can only hope that I will continue to develop the foundation the JFP helped me to build.
Good luck young man. What the world needs more of, in my opinion, is good writers or voices and critical thinkers who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo or conventional thinking or ways. Surely there will be consequences of isolation, exclusion and punishment, but if you can overcome all that, you will be a man to reckon with. Go west. Go east. Go north or stay here, but be a dissident, trailblazer or part of the problem as a go along. Whether you become either of the above, hopefully not the later, be sure to develop the craft of writing well first and people will notice and things will happen.
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