ALEX ROSS The Standard Co-op Student
I am a Port Perry High School student that is co-oping at The Standard. This is my first time participating in a co-operative education program and, so far it has been an excellent experience. The staff has been very friendly and they all treat me as one of their own. I feel as though I am a functioning part of The Standard Newspaper team and that I fit in this environment comfortably.
My choice to take a placement at a newspaper for my co-operative education program was driven by a desire to review films and other sources of digital and video media and wanting to pursue entertainment journalism as a career. I hope to attend the journalism course at Durham College next fall, and I hope it will be as interesting as this co-op program has been so far.
I chose The Standard for my placement because I thought that it would give me a better chance to get my name into the paper because it is a larger paper with a more specialized location and it is independently owned. By the end of my placement I hope to have achieved a vast array of experience in different fields of the newspaper, from typesetting to reporting to editing.
My first week was almost all typesetting, putting physical or electronic letters into the newspaper formatted template, but as boring as that may sound, I oddly found it very interesting. Reading about all the upcoming events before they’re put into the paper was weird, it was like seeing the paper being built and I’ve never experienced anything remotely close to this.
These past few weeks have been outstanding, I have gone out onto the town to take pictures for articles and stock photos, I have been writing articles, and I’m just generally enjoying the placement. Being able to go out and take photos is an amazing experience, although I am on my own, I am able to express myself.
For future students that are looking to get into the journalism field and are looking into a co-operative education program, I strongly recommend that you look into The Standard Newspaper for your placement, it is a very well knit office and a very comfortable environment to begin your entry into journalism.
The editor, Blake Wolfe, is a very relaxed guy and he had me perform tasks that a full-time employee might do within the first two weeks and I thank him for that. Being thrust into the field so early gave me a good understanding of the type of work I would be doing in the future and it let me decide if I wanted to continue with my co-op placement before it was too far into the program to leave. I started my co-op program on Monday, September 16, and it has been a good start to the school year, I sincerely hope the rest of the semester stays this good.