Flex your journo muscles as a GSN intern
If you're an aspiring journalist then an internship with Gay Star News could be the stepping stone you need
It’s recently come to my attention…(spoof Chloe Sevigny style) that ‘I. Love. Writing.’
When I was at school I had aspirations of being a hard-hitting investigative journalist, but along the way got side-tracked into a range of other jobs.
I’ve always enjoyed writing as a bit of a hobby, so when the opportunity came up with Gay Star News to do some freelance writing in my spare time, I was keen to give it a go.
Writing to a specific brief is a bit of a different challenge, and it’s taken me a while to get into the swing of how to find a story that’s right for this audience, research it and then write it up in a style that will be interesting and engaging for the people that you’re trying to reach.
Working with an editor has always been a good challenge – having an experienced eye to constructively critique your work, and point out how your material can be sharpened up, really makes you want to lift your game.
As a result of working with Gay Star News, not only has my writing improved but I’ve been able to experience some really cool things from a slightly different perspective – a journalist’s perspective. These have included:
- Reporting on the Sydney Mardi Gras – braving the pouring rain to upload live reports and photos of the Dykes on Bikes roaring past;
- Interviewing psychologists and LGBT health services to find out more about sex and drug addiction and the impact that this is having on gay men;
- Filing travel reports on trips to Barcelona, Paris and Reykjavik – it’s great when people leave comments saying that they’ve benefited from the tips and insider knowledge that you’re able to share; and
- Interviewing LGBT business leaders around the world to find out what makes them tick – the one that impresses my friends the most is that I’ve interviewed the founder of Grindr.
What I’m really excited about is that in September I will be flying to New York to report on New York Fashion Week (courtesy of American Airlines). It’s a really major assignment and I’ve got a lot of work to do to line up interviews and access all of the key shows, but it’s the kind of challenge that I couldn’t have imagined tackling without the support and guidance of the experienced team at Gay Star News.
If you’re interested in a career as a journalist, freelance writer, marketing or public relations, then why not apply to Gay Star News for work-experience or an internship – it’s a great way to get some experience under your belt, build confidence in your writing skills and show the world what you’re capable of.