Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Intern Diary: The Baltimore Sun

(Note: At the end of each summer, it has been a tradition at the Sports Shooter Newsletter to have several students share their experiences working at an internship. I was asked to contribute to Sports Shooter this year following my internship at The Baltimore Sun. Here is an excerpt:)

Well, my internship at The Baltimore Sun ended about two weeks ago and I had one of the best summers (and fall) of my life.

Although I could name a laundry list of things I learned from everyone there, it’s difficult to sum all of it in short form here in words.

Everyone I got to work with taught me a distinct lesson at some point and helped better me throughout the summer. I learned endless things from those at The Baltimore Sun, whether they were my own editors, an editor of a different section, a reporter, or photographer.

They each shared something with me, be it: a subtle simple lesson, a photo, a story (personal or written), an editing, shooting or reporting tip, or just plain good old fashion life advice. I feel privileged to have been given such great wisdom and work alongside such great people.

In addition, I learned from my own failures this summer and tried to better my shooting and vision by trying to produce work that was compelling and creative. I took risks, tried new things and tried to break out of my comfort zone. And I should not forget to mention, while having a lot of fun, too.

In short, I was fortunate to get great assignments, truthful feedback and have an inspiring, welcoming, talented staff to work with. I can only hope to find that in another internship or staff position after graduation.

Although I won't elaborate completely on my blog, please take the time to read my full Intern Diary on Sports Shooter. You can read it here

Once again, thanks to all my editors, the photographers and everyone else at The Baltimore Sun for giving me this opportunity, and for making this one of the best summers of my life.

(Photo by: Dave Hoffmann)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty amazing stuff, Patrick. It's been enjoyable and inspirational watching (and reading) you go through the internship and seeing the changes. Not only were you shooting more interesting subjects but you seemed to find a very effective way to meld textbook photojournalism with your own personal style.

Over the past few years I have been able to hone my eye so that I can usually tell who shot what photo from a particular newspaper and nowadays I can easily spot one of yours.

You've got a bright future ahead, man. I can't wait to see what's next.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008 10:26:00 AM  

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