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I was just reading some copy that read, "in the event we happen to come upon the predicted inevitable eventuality, and assuming it results directly in a negative return we shall need a plan of recourse."

My brain is weeping bitterly. Ow. That is not good, professional writing. All that jargon is meaningless and confusing. All one really needs to say is, "look guys, there's a predicted crapstorm on the horizon, how should we deal with it/prepare?"

In other news, I've been working and reworking my resume and various cover letters ... customizing them to the internships that really matter. Unfortunately, I also need to access my clips... which are saved in Adobe PDF files. My laptop doesn't do PDFs, and it hasn't for quite some time. I tried re-installing the program, and my computer died. Now I can't even open them, and I had to take a 2 hour long break to keep myself from crying.

Ugh. It's so frustrating too when the only articles you have are disappointing anyway just because the publication was a small-town disaster. I mean... I have the original copy, and I can prove that the podunk editor introduced punctuation errors, but it's published which means it's worth more than the really great story I wrote for class, put hours of research into, and wasn't able to successfully pitch to a mag. I'm a good writer. My clips don't show it though, and it's not my fault. My samples prove it, but they aren't published so it's just a horrible trap.

Seriously, there's nothing like application day to make you feel hopeless.

I just... I really don't want to get another "for now/in school" part-time, minimum-wage, crap-job. I want an internship, and now. I want to start working in my field. I've been paying so much money, and learning all the tools and I want to start using them. I don't care if I'm writing, editing, or even just fact-checking. I feel like if I don't get in now, I never will.

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bottledglory
Jan. 3rd, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
that sentence made no sense...wtf is that...

you should intern at disney for a summer! but o well. I took a semester off to do it, but that was a barrel of monkeys.
virtuistic
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
What did you do there?
bottledglory
Jan. 3rd, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
well, i worked the main entrance of animal kingdom. but i was a different program, if you went you'd probably get a better job, but it's a great experience intern wise because if you said you interned there you can intern anywhere. if you look hard enough you can get into guest relations and work with all the celebs!
riney
Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way about the columns I wrote for the ArtsEtc. section of the college newspaper! I know I should send at least one of them along as a sample (especially since I mention writing them in my resume and cover letter), but by the time they were edited and placed in the paper, they barely resembled what I had submitted. I would include them with my resume if I felt it proper to also include a disclaimer or if it was okay for me to edit the article to show them I know there were mistakes (that weren't mine!!).
virtuistic
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That's a really good idea. I'll do that along with an additional, nonpublished writing sample. Mix it up a little bit. I just wish I didn't have to be all "omg plz dun think I'm a moron."

Why do people who can't edit get hired in editing positions? Blows my mind. I
riney
Jan. 3rd, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
If you add a disclaimer, just make sure you don't come off as all-knowing or self-righteous. Not that you would, but I can totally see myself doing that without realizing it ("of course I did not make any of these silly, obvious mistakes, because I know everything and I'm perfect"). Just state that you are aware that there are errors in the published version of your writing but you wanted to give them a variety of samples of your work, and, as they can see by the original version you have also included, the errors were not your errors.
angelich
Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
::hugs:: I totally felt that way about my previous clips. I still need to PDF a bunch of my clips from my current internship. Sometimes the best job for you just falls into your lap.

Check out journalismjobs.com they always have good things. There's also this site: http://journalism_jobs.tripod.com/

I'd look into an internet type of job too. Just because I'm writing on the internet and I find that I reach just as many people as print as well as the media seems to have more of a following on the internet to begin with.
virtuistic
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the resources. I've been using Goldpass (through my school, and it's been pretty helpful) but these will definitely help me look too.

I'm still not looking forward to balancing an 18 credit semester AND a job, but whatever. No time like the present. Might as well.
promiseoftin
Jan. 4th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
Dude, use your Ben Kweller concert review! That's still on my MySpace somewhere.

And fret not, chickie. Someone of your talent will easily quash the pool of self-important writers (like the douche who wrote that sentence you posted) and the notsomuch writers. :)
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