I’m now on work experience at The Argus! The first thing I need to get off my chest is that I HAVE MY OWN PHONE. MY OWN PHONE. People can phone ME directly at The Argus. To speak specifically to me. On my number. On my phone. Oh my god. This brings with it so many dilemmas. Firstly, there was the issue of HOW TO USE THE PHONE. It eventually sorted itself out; you need to press 9 before you dial an external number. Second was the terrifying first phonecall from MY PHONE. It took me forever to psyche myself up to actually make the call. Thirdly, it’s hard to hold a phone in the crook of your neck and write in a terrifying English-Teeline hybrid.
I had a slight meltdown when, for my first story, NOT A SINGLE ONE of the 20 people I phoned for a quote was available to talk. That’s not a good feeling. However, it did mean I got over my phone-ophobia pretty quickly, which is good.
I’m also having major stresses trying to find original stories. I keep finding things, thinking ‘WOWZA, what a top idea Kayleigh, full marks’ and then finding someone already has it covered. WHERE DO PEOPLE FIND ORIGINAL STORIES?!
Also I am currently in charge of writing a two-page spread. So much responsibility but it is exciting, and at least people want to talk to me.
I have no time to waste! I must fly off and try to source stories for tomorrow, from somewhere, anywhere! I must utilise MY PHONE by tracking people down, so I must go NOW NOW NOW. So long, farewell!