Internships are beneficial if you have the time

Internships can be fun as they allow someone to gain experience, learn about the industry they’re interested in and gain some insight into the workplace environment.

In such case, an internship may be the best option for the person to gain experience and allow them to move forward with their professional goals. On the other hand, if the person has experience, they may be looking for the chance to learn a new skill or a meeting professionals to network with.

That being said, I dislike unpaid internships because of the time an intern is spending without getting paid for the work they are doing. And if the person barely has the resources to be working and going to college, then what is the point of doing them?

The answer is because it shows devotion and determination to the people who are in-charge of the internship. In addition, one never knows where it could possibly lead to, whether a job is offered with the company or via a connection that was made at the internship. It’s all about getting your foot in the door and seeing if it leads anywhere in the professional field.

So be smart about why you want to take up an internship and consider the resources that it will require to be able to complete it successfully. But there is a certain level of risk involved in doing an unpaid internship.

That being said, why should I apply for an unpaid internship?

They offer the chance to gain experience and additional skills that the intern didn’t have before. The past few months with my internship with the Skyline Journalism Department have been interesting as I’ve done a bit of everything.

I’ve done video production, In-Design and created graphics layouts for department materials such as flyers, in-house ads for The Skyline View for print and online.

All in all, it’s been fun to be able to do so many different things and be able to work with the head of the department, Nancy Kaplan-Biegel, on these projects and developing them and it’s exciting to see the end product knowing that you made it!

At the end of the day, it’s a learning experience that is determined by the intern’s attitude and the environment of the workplace they are working in.

Will Nacouzi
Skyline College Journalism Department Intern

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Hello from the online

This is my second semester on The Skyline View newspaper staff, and I could not be more excited for this new semester because I’m finally an editor!

I’m the multimedia editor for this semester which means I have the responsibility of managing all the multimedia projects, podcasts, weekly news updates, and TSV blog. It’s a great experience for me because I have a strong interest in broadcast journalism. So, hosting the weekly update videos, for example, is a good start towards that specific career path. I have had so much fun doing these videos.

The most challenging part of being the multimedia editor would most likely be editing videos, because I have had trouble trying to figure out how to use different editing tools. However, it’s all part of the experience, and I’m grateful that I have friends and mentors on staff to help me with that aspect of our multimedia section.

Overall, I have positive feelings about my section this semester and how things will turn out because I have the freedom to be creative with certain things, such as the weekly news updates and our YouTube channel. I really enjoy being able to be “in charge” because there’s that level of responsibility and commitment that comes with managing a part of our online section. It makes me feel good to know that I’m contributing to the newspaper staff, even though I’m not responsible for working on the layout of our paper.

Honestly, I hate to admit that I’m a little upset that I’m not a section editor for the paper, and I rarely complain about stuff like that. I don’t like sounding ungrateful and I’ve always been one of those people who just makes the best of what has been given to me.

The one good thing about being the multimedia editor is not having so much stress put on myself during our production nights, which occur every two weeks. While the other editors are occupied with their layout design and stories coming in, I’m usually working on writing a script for the weekly news updates, and I have to edit the videos, along with our podcasts. Overall, it’s not a lot to manage all at once. I find it pretty easy to handle everything because I’ve always stayed on top of my work and what I’m doing.

This overall experience so far has been challenging yet fun, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming projects that come my way for the rest of the semester.

by Katelyn Payne, TSV Multimedia Editor

Newsroom is my second family

I was contemplating my school experiences thus far the other day, and I realized that I’m actually going to be sad, for once, when I leave the campus for winter break. Although break is only a few weeks long, I’m going to miss coming to the newsroom every other day of the week, and seeing the friendly faces and my wonderful professor, Nancy Kaplan-Biegel.

In all honesty, I was anxious on the first day of joining journalism 320 – also known as the newsroom for beginners like myself. However, upon walking into the homey classroom (and let me tell you, this is not your ordinary classroom setting), I felt instantly comforted by the waves and smiles I received from multiple colleagues, many of whom I’d known previously from other classes in the past semesters that I’d been at Skyline for.

I was afraid that I wouldn’t have enough time and discipline in order to take on this course, plus another journalism class for basic writing and reporting for the media, a basic communications class, in addition to two online courses, one being statistics in society (yes, what in the world was I thinking?!), and a women in literature class. On the first day of the second week of the semester, I thought I had pretty much screwed myself over, and was already shaking my head in despair, trying to organize nonexistent assignments by their nonexistent deadlines.

Alas, we are already halfway through this semester, and can I say that I feel the same about my future regarding the success or failure of my classes for this winter? Actually, no. The new me has turned a new leaf – and as cheesy as this sounds, I find it to be astonishingly true despite my poor habits with school and studying.

I’m very happy to admit that being in the newsroom has grounded me, and being surrounded by people who care about my well-being and work makes me want to try even harder for my goal, overall. I know I should have had the motivation to clean up my act and perform better in school a long time ago, but maybe the other classes acted as a catalyst for my newfound success? I’m not trying to say that I’m a straight-A student with the most excellent studying habits or that I have changed into an entirely new individual, but wholeheartedly, I believe that this is my new family. Again, it sounds cheesy, but I really want to express my love for this class and how being in the newsroom while writing articles about the things I love humbles me.

Writing articles has definitely shaped my journalism skills in a unique way, and I’m glad that I’ve gotten more experience and feedback this semester. I would highly encourage anyone who wants to strengthen their communication and social skills, along with completing fun articles and having them published in the paper! I think that’s been my favorite part, besides the people; I love seeing my work in the Skyline College newspaper, and it makes me proud that I’m able to be a part of something so special on campus.

by Amber Wong, TSV Staff Writer

A day in the life of the Chief Copy Editor

Wednesdays are rough for a copy editor, especially if you happen to live four cities away. If all goes well, I’m waking up at 6 a.m. to make it to my first class by 9:10 a.m. I finish my second class by 11:00 a.m. Then, the next 10 to 12 hours are spent, mostly, nitpicking the other TSV staff member’s writing. I comb through the article’s for AP style, punctuation, and grammar; while in the process of learning to master these subjects myself.

The first hour of copy editing is easy, I’ll usually do it while eating a chicken/bacon/ranch sandwich from our cafeteria, they’re the best, and mentally stimulated by a Mountain Dew Kickstart. The next two hours are usually my most productive, and then the headaches start. If I were allowed to bring an I.V. that dripped coffee into my system when needed into the newsroom, I would.

The room gets crowded, as the entire staff should show up on production day. I put on my headphones and let a band called Two Steps from Hell drown out the noise of the newsroom.

The hours pass by and after downing some more caffeine liquid, doesn’t really matter what kind, I get my second wind. More editing followed by more editing; then at 2:00 p.m. I’ll take a break to attend Skyline’s Deadbeat Writers Club for an hour, then more editing.

The middle of the day is when my concentration begins to slip and frustrations build around the newsroom. Myself and the other editors try, with mixed success, to get into a laser-focused mindset, and the atmosphere grows a little more serious. Then the pizza arrives and everyone can decompress for a short while.

After dinner, the room feels different, that laser-focus we were grasping at is now within reach. As the writers and other contributors leave, the remaining staff dwindles down to the editors. At this point I’m reading things out loud by necessity, not just for clarity. We all throw out our best guess at what time we’ll finish and debate whether or not we’ll make it before we get kicked off of campus at midnight, I’ve never seen that happen, but not finishing is always a concern. I start looking over the master copy, which is the copy you, the readers, will see.

Then comes the final hour and things get weird. Jokes that don’t make sense are for some reason hilarious. Moments of unreal productivity and delirium possess the staff intermittently. I continue to look over the master copy, and hopefully, catch the mistakes I missed during the midday slump.

Once we finish, the last handful of us wear bloodshot eyes and a look that says we’re the satisfied kind of tired, well, we get to go home. My eyes and brain feel like they’ve just ran a marathon, and the crazy part is, we’ll be glad to do this all over again in two weeks. I think on some level, all journalists are masochists.

By David Perez

TSV Chief Copy Editor

It’s so hard to say goodbye

It sucks to say, but this will the last blog post for me this semester. Yes if you don’t know my name is Shaquill Stewart social media editor and blog editor of The Skyline View. Sadly I am transferring after this semester ends and next fall there will be a new social media and blog editor for the newspaper.

I’ve been reflecting back on the good and bad times I went through my first semester at The Skyline View. It was crazy when I first walked onto campus, I picked up the newspaper and turned straight to the sports page to see how teams were doing. It was there I became hooked and wanted a chance to write for the newspaper.

When I walked into the newsroom and I didn’t know what to expect or even if I would be good at writing as I was never good in school. Yet I got a lot of help from many people in the newsroom and it helped me become better as a writer, which gave me tons of confidence to become social media and blog editor. I didn’t have any experience blogging, but I saw this as a great opportunity to showcase to the readers what we do behind the scenes.

The purpose for the blog was to inform people about things that interest us about our campus. And also to give useful insight on what we The Skyline View staff does to make the newspaper the way it is. Yet I found it interesting that I didn’t know how I was going to improve the blog.

When I first looked at the site it was very plain with little involvement. So when I got the chance to take over the blog what I wanted to do was to first put more content on the blog and second, give readers a chance to learn something new, weekly, on our blog.

I really hope I provided a good starting point for the next to help the blog gain more viewers. Yet the most important to do, if you join The Skyline View, is to enjoy the friendships that are formed. We as a staff are together a lot, so we can get on each other nerves, but also really enjoy each others company.The Skyline View is more than just a class, it’s a true experience of a possible career. And I am truly thankful to have the opportunity to do what we do best and enjoy it. I’ve enjoyed being the editor of the blog I hope you continue to read because we will have more content coming this fall!

By Shaquill Stewart

TSV Social Media/Blog editor

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Shaquill Stewart enjoying being the blog editor this semester-photo courtesy Will Nacouzi

Spend the time, but don’t waste it

Everyone loves themselves for sure. But there have two types of people who are divergent in the way they express love for themselves. The first type chooses to love by striking hard and grinding to accomplish the goals they’ve set for themselves. This mindset can go a long way in shaping their own future in positive way. The second type shows love for themselves by taking things easy. They don’t accomplish their goals or even set them. They choose the easy way in the present, so they will end up with hardship in the future.

People better choose wisely; whether they should choose the easy way or strike hard early on. They need to foresee how well their lives will end up with. For those who don’t take their studies seriously and refuse to strive to succeed, they won’t have a bright future. These people are simply wasting their time. Everyone needs to try a certain amount in order to achieve something because you cannot get a good result without any force.

However, hard work will always reward you.

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Ayechan enjoying her time at the Skyline View -Photo courtesy the skyline view

Don’t expect that luck will always favor to you. You may get lucky a few times, but that will not always be the case.

The honor you get from your hard work will last until the end of your life. Time is the most precious thing in the world. You will never get back the time you wasted. Respect your time, spend wisely, and enjoy the benefits.

Everybody should learn how to work within the time limit as most professions require the ability to efficiently manage time; therefore, making this a skill that everyone needs to have before they get transferred from academic life to reality.

Everyone should put this mindset into use right away. Don’t be hesitant to accomplish a task. Use your opportunities effectively. I’m not saying you should make hasty decisions. There are many things that may require you to take your time, just don’t waste it.

By Ayechan Oo

TSV Staff Writer

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Summer, summer, summertime!

Hey hey y’all, Ray Garcia here, writing for the TSV Blog, again!

We’re in the homestretch, people. Summer is right around the corner, but we students still have one more impediment in our way: Finals. For some of us here at the TSV, there is one last final here at Skyline, so a big congratulations to them on moving on! So that means that as our semester winds down, those that are coming back to staff next semester have to cherish these last few weeks together. But in retrospect this has been a fun and productive spring semester!

Of course, as almost always, the last few weeks of the Spring semester has been a few rocky weeks. Tensions are slowly simmering to a boil and I, personally, have started feeling the effects of being burned out. I can only imagine how our next print production will go, being that we’re producing a 12 pager.

So, while summer vacation is here, I plan on working (hey, I need to fund both trips to WrestleMania and the Super Bowl in the next two years here at Levi’s Stadium, and those won’t be cheap) and I’m also interested in taking some summer classes for fun, (I want to learn how to play the piano!) So, even though it won’t be a summer of my younger days (waking up late, hanging with friends, video games, etc.) it won’t be all work, (ever saw The Shining? “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”)

One of the ways I’ll enjoy summer is watching many of the upcoming blockbusters coming out; For example, “Days of Future Past” and “Godzilla.” I’m hoping to still maybe write for the site during summer, obviously movie reviews so the website doesn’t go into complete hibernation.

Now, what are you guys planning to do on the upcoming vacation from school? Are you actually going to continue classes? Going somewhere exotic? Working?? Whatever it is you do, have a fun and refreshing summer!

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Ray Garcia getting ready for summer- photo courtesy of the skyline view

TSV Entertainment Editor

Ray Garcia