OJT Day 10: Final Final and Another Draft

May 9, 2013

The draft copy of the newsletter was returned to me, and I realized I made a few grammatical errors. Thank God for people with editing skills! πŸ™‚ I proceeded to edit them one by one and moved on to composing a draft of an article my boss asked me to write. There was no deadline, so I had a hard time because my mind would not cooperate with me.

When fulfilling my assignments in school, I use up all my time just to get my brain to work with me. Unfortunately, I did the same today. My mind was so uninspired, but I don’t know how to deal with it. When it was almost time to go, my brain finally cooperated. I guess a little pressure works for me. I have to try to “professionalize” my brain though. Because it might come in handy the next time.

OJT Day 9: Print Copy

May 8, 2013

I had a great time printing out the copy of our newsletter today. After collating the whole newsletter, I proceeded to figuring out the printer. The margin was too large for my liking so I decided to just cut it with a cutter. It actually took me a whole day to figure everything out and submit a copy to my boss. WHEW! But it was well worth it! The outcome looked great, though I got too excited. Apparently, that was just a draft copy to be checked by my boss. Nonetheless, it was great to see it finally in a hard copy! πŸ™‚

OJT Day 8: Layout Finishing Touches

May 7, 2013

Well, today was pretty plain. I finished the layouts, taking up the whole day. I archived a few photos also. Not every day is an exciting day, though I love this day because my boss complimented Β my work. My body hurts from sitting down, but I still love what I’m doing. The newsletter is targeted to be out tomorrow. Hope it turns out well. πŸ™‚

OJT Day 7: Layouting and Editing Day

May 6, 2013

Today I am almost finished with my layouting. It excites me to see the progress!

After the layouting, my boss assigned me to edit a report made by a Vietnamese and an Indian. Honestly, it was hard to understand and edit their English. Our train of thought differs significantly. I am glad to have experienced this kind of editing though. It trains my mind to spot errors and fix the seemingly unfixable. It took awhile, but I was able to finish it. πŸ™‚

OJT Day 6: Layouting Day

May 3, 2013

I used up the whole of my day to layout the remaining pages of the newsletter. It’s almost done! I’m personally excited to see it in its final stage.

One thing I realized today was that ideas will not always be available, but you just have to work through it. Things will get dry, but your perseverance will pull you through. That’s what happened with my magazine designs. As they say, “try and try until you succeed.”

TGIF! Hooray for rest. πŸ™‚

OJT Day 5: Layout and Interview 2

May 2, 2013

A busy work day faced the office after Labor Day. Some had a trip to prepare, some had a lot of people to contact, and some had budgets to prepare. For me, though, interviewing these busy people and producing the content and layout for their newsletter was all I had to do. It was not easy for me though, my creative juices seemed dry awhile ago, and I literally stared at the computer screen for a long time.Β It was a good thing that the internet was easily accessible so I could refer to some materials online. So I began.

I was thankful as well because I got to interview another person and got to know a great deal about him and what he does. It was a great experience. The office pressure is actually getting to me as my deadlines for the newsletter content is fast approaching. However, I enjoy the challenge of fulfilling my requirements faithfully.

It took me a whole day to produce some layouts for the newsletter. I am not yet done, but I sure am making a lot of progress. I’m enjoying my time here and getting to know more about the professional life. It’s a good thing that the Open Doors family is there to guide me. With that, I am thankful. πŸ™‚

It’s layout time for me again tomorrow, and I aim to finish everything by then.

OJT Day 4: Layout and Interview

April 30, 2013

Today was a hectic day; I went to UP before I checked in at the office. Upon arriving at the office, I immediately set out to work on the layouts I will do for the newsletter assigned to me. All the layouting skills I acquired as a Journ student paid off as I was able to switch on my imagination. Of course, this is the task I am looking forward to the most.

Today, I got a confirmation from two of my interviewees as well. I had an interview with one already. We talked about his travel experiences. As one will deduce, the newsletter is all about travel in this edition. So hooray because I took up Travel Journ as an elective. It was great to hear about the experiences of my interviewee. I suddenly remembered why I wanted to be a Journalist in the first place – to hear stories from people and to be able to understand them in a whole new level. This is why I love interviews, it allows me to delve deeper into their experiences and thus allowing me to gain insights and learning from just hearing people share.

After the interview, I went back to searching suitable fonts for my layout. This always gets me all excited, I don’t know why.

Anyway, tomorrow is May 1. Labor day. Time to remember and appreciate all the workers who work hard for the country. I salute you, brothers and sisters!