Internship blog

DALLAS, Texas — So just as I am psyched up for the week I have a moment of frustration.

I walk into the office and there is actually some spot news breaking in the Dallas area. This would be a great thing had I been able to cover it. Unfortunately, this coverage started a couple of hours before I was set to be in the office and another reporter was already at the press conference by the time I got there 🙁

So there I was missing the action. To make things worse, during our daily staff meeting via conference call, the Houston editor has a tendency to forget I’m in the Dallas bureau.

At this point, I feel it’s pretty bad that I haven’t made an impression. We haven’t met and I’m sure she has her hands full, so I don’t blame her or anything–she also has an intern in Houston she sees and works with on a daily basis so I don’t think it’s intentional, but it just troubled me a little bit.

After missing out on the breaking news and being forgotten on the conference call, I knew I needed to take some action. With my trainer out of the office and our bureau functioning on a skeleton crew, I took the suggestion of my editor and started scouring the Texas newspaper websites for a pick up just in case we had missed anything with everyone focused on the morning story.

I sure enough found a story about how Dallas isn’t prepared to deal with a major disaster and pitched it the editor that always forgets me. She said it was good and to run with it. So that kept me busy, plus I kept working on my enterprise and nailed down an interview I had been waiting for and wrote another story in between.

Let’s just say things turned around from the morning situation.

This is all a learning experience and I learned today that it’s time to cut the cord and get in there. It’s time to really be aggressive. One thing is for sure, I have always left a good impression through my work ethic at my previous internships and it really didn’t sit well that I was so forgettable.

I know what has to be done and I’m ready to do it.

As my editor said Friday, there needs to be more everything and I totally agree.


Editor’s note: This blog was originally published on UTEP Communications.





  1. Zita Arocha
    Zita Arocha on

    Elida, not forgettable for long! good for you for being proactive, not aggressive per se. Keep up the good work. Adelante.

  2. Elida, I agree with the above comment! I really enjoyed this column. Your newsroom stories are so interesting. ps. I like that this is tagged “successful woman…”

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