Notes from an Intern: First Impressions

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I’ve been intrigued by the print culture of our society since a very young age. I was one of those small children that chewed on the corners of books while I was teething and who promptly progressed to tearing them apart. Now, this doesn’t exactly sound promising, but I assure you I grew out of my destructive habits and began to appreciate publications the way they were meant to be appreciated.

I must admit I am a relatively new reader of this amazing publication and I unfortunately did not grow up with it nestled under my pillow every night. My initial introduction to Alberta Views came alongside an internship opportunity. That’s not to say I don’t love it already! The moment I picked up my first issue, I was struck with the calibre of talent that went into the magazine—and I’m not just saying that because I will be working alongside the people that put their blood, sweat and tears into 10 issues, 12 months of the year.

If you are already a reader of the magazine you probably know what it is better than I do at this point so perhaps what you want to hear about is what it’s like on the other side, inside Alberta Views. Well, as an intern, I am privy to a lot of “inside” information. An intern sees a lot so I will endeavour to be your eyes and ears during my time here.

That being said, here’s a fun tidbit: everyone here is very kind and cheerful. The most notable thing about this office is how calm and collected everyone is. As a point of reference, I started two days before the October issue was to be sent to the printer. These people have nerves of steel! If Hollywood were to write the situation they faced that day it would be something like this:

An office. People are walking swiftly around, narrowly avoiding each other as they weave across the space from office to office. There is a mild panic. Suddenly, the editor walks out of his office and everyone stops. They stare at him, waiting for him to make his decree. He stares them down and they all seem to shrink under his gaze.

But like I said, that’s how Hollywood would portray a magazine days before it goes to press. Alberta Views is something like this:

An office. People come in two by two, smiling and holding coffee. They stop to greet a new face in the office and introduce themselves. They walk to their respective workspaces with the air of seasoned pros. An observer would never know they are facing a deadline.

Granted, I am slightly biased. But I swear—it’s the truth.

So until next time! Cheers!

Nicole

Next entry: Notes from an Intern: FIELD TRIP!

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