14 January 2014

Firemen, social media and re-re-subs

Week 2 at the Press Association has kicked off with just as much excitement as week 1. Too much, in fact, this morning. No one thought much of the 9am fire alarm, they had surely just rescheduled the 10am weekly test. Wrong. Half an hour and two fire engines later, we found ourselves in Pret, cold and penniless, most of us having left our wallets and bags inside. The kind souls who run PMA bought us coffees as we waited for the all clear. Once it came an hour later, we all went straight back to work. No one actually thought to ask until about 6.30pm if we knew what had actually happened. Something about manholes and smoke, no one was actually that interested. There is serious work to be done here!

The most interesting part of the day was actually our time with Darshan, who is teaching us how to harness the power of social media and use it correctly. For someone who doesn't even have twitter yet (it's on the to-do list), what started off as extremely confusing turned quite fascinating a little while later. And who doesn't like the idea of playing on the internet and having it count as 'work?!' In a few short weeks, we will have an app on the iStore and an online magazine that will have been created entirely through our own hard work. It's an incredibly exciting and daunting thought, but we know that we will learn very valuable lessons for our future in this ever evolving industry.

Less excitingly, re-subs are coming steadily back as re-re-subs. We've all written 13 individual news stories now, and not one of them has been accepted! We all look forward to that day when a re-sub becomes a sub. It has actually been ventured, albeit very quietly, that a sub is in fact a mythical creature. We're all waiting for the first person to get a tick in that sought after second box: 'Usable with minor amendments (no need to resubmit).' Re-re-subs are depressing and demoralising, and although we all know they're the best possible way to make us learn, everyone is secretly hoping that they've cracked it, and re-subs will be resigned to a dark and distant memory. The word 'Casepost' has become a dirty word in the computer room, and a sure fire way to elicit a groan from at least one of us. Doesn't stop it being mentioned at least once every 10 minutes.

The last thing to happen tonight was the announcement of our Editor, Deputy Editor and News Editor. We will decide on the other roles soon I believe. We all wrote on a piece of paper who we wanted for these roles, and Roberta counted them up in her office. Huge congratulations to Hywel who was elected as our Editor! Katie was chosen as our News Editor and I am Deputy Editor.

Many exciting things happening over the next few days, our diary is full of new things to learn with long and complicated names, but one thing never changes... Back to the re-subs I go.

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