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Editorial"The biggest lesson I learned is that your style and content of writing really depends who you are writing for and what the publication represents." Full review »Anuradha , 4th Year Media Technology & Major in Advertising, Universiti Utara MalaysiaRatings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 4How many weeks was it for?16 weeksMonthly payRM 500What did you do?
I was assigned to help out with TimeOut Kuala Lumpur's website and blog. I had to learn the CMS for their website in order to upload event listings and pictures, but that was pretty straightforward. I also had the opportunity to attend product launches, events, music concerts, and write for the blog. A couple of months into the internship, my supervisor let me write articles and review music for another of Mongoose's magazines, Expatriate Lifestyle. I got to sit in on editorial meetings and participate in planning the monthly magazine. My university provided all the documents for assessment - I was to be graded and the final mark will be included in my CGPA. My lecturer also visited the office and had a chat with my supervisor. Overall, my supervisor was cooperative in filling out the documents I needed and made time to meet with my lecturer despite his busy schedule.What did you learn?
It was a great learning experience in the field of journalism. Writing for online media is different compared to writing for a news-wire, daily paper, or monthly magazine. I suppose the biggest lesson I learned is that your style and content of writing really depends who you are writing for and what the publication represents. Unless you're into fashion and the latest trends, working for a lifestyle magazine might not be the thing for you because you need passion and soul to put into your writing. Otherwise the article will come off as bland and flat. In the journalism industry, you also have to be prepared to work long hours and rush to meet deadlines. But working with the TimeOut KL, Expatriate Lifestyle and Esquire editorial team was definitely a fun experience. They provided an allowance, transport claims, and daily breakfast to boot.Was your supervisor supportive?
My mentor actively involved me, ensured I gained from the internship and made up for lack of structure with active improvisation. I made it a point to have a short chat with my supervisor, the group-chief-editor, at the end of every week to discuss about my growth and performance in the company. I also had assessment documents that he had to sign for my university. Overall he was always easy-going and allowed me to try new things. When he saw I was doing well, he allowed me to go for press conferences and events on my own. The seniors that I worked under also provided positive feedback that helped me learn.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
-Advice for future interns?
I would suggest this internship for media and communication students. There was an intern who studied finance - although she had fun, I don't think it really aided in her degree programme or thesis.