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JENNIE HOPKINSON
British

Journalism Work Experience Internship at The Big Issue Magazine, in Cape Town, South Africa
         

Everything is going really well here. For the September issue of the Big Issue I have written 2 news stories, a feature article, a book review, a CD review and an interview with 'vendor of the month' so, as you can see, I've had plenty to do. Everyone has been really friendly and helpful so that has made being so far away from home easier.

I feel I gained experience in writing different genres and writing about different issues and cultures. It's been great having my ideas listened to and getting to write a full page article on the suggestion that I had made to the editor.

I would recommend it to people wanting some experience in a beautiful country. I think it would suit someone who has a lot of ideas to share because the amount you are allowed to write depends on how enthusiastic you are and how much you contribute your ideas.

Please can you describe a typical day?

I started the day at 9am and began by checking my emails and reading the days news to see if I could find any new ideas. Then I would work on whatever article I was writing at the time. Lunch hours weren't set so you could sit and eat your lunch whenever it suited you.

If I was short of something to do in the afternoon I would check if any material needed proof reading. Interns would all look at each others work before it went to the editor.

I was really pleased with the placement and the organisation. It was good to be taken on the first day and introduced to everyone and the location of the accommodation was really good because it was easy to get to work and I didn't have to walk very far anywhere.

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