- 28th March
- 26th March
- 1st March
LAST DAY OF OJT!!!
I don’t know if I’m feeling sad. But I’m pretty sure I’m ecstatic! Finally! The long wait is over!! :-)
I actually expect this day to be less trouble and less hassle day. When I got the office, everything is okay and at peace.
Well, thanks to Jamalul Kiram and the Sabah Standoff in making things complicated and interesting! And there’s the BREAKING NEWS! All of the people in the office suddenly get alarmed, people are running, shouting and tensed. Even the big bosses are into the action. And I’m just like, there, staring at the chaos in the office, looked like a fool not knowing what to do or how to make myself useful. Big bosses shouting is very scary! Totally! When things get a little mild, I went to the control room to make use of myself, and as expected, I’ve found myself running and obeying commands from them.
When they cooled down, big bosses’ humor came back and everything’s okay again. It’s relieving. I feel really really relieved! The burning fire in my back are now gone and everything’s back to normal like nothing happened.
It’s actually a pretty good last day. We at least had an experience of Breaking News. I learned that all the networks are getting crazy when it comes to Breaking News. It’s like, they’re competing on who deliver the news first. And of course, I learned that having a weak chest and personality won’t make you last in this kind of industry.
I’ve learned so much about this experience. Now, I know how things work inside and outside the office. I’m lucky to have kind and thoughtful bosses. It would be my pleasure to work with them in the future. :-)
- 26th February
So sorry I’ve almost neglected this! It’s almost a week and I’ve been busy and sleepy from OJT and school requirements. I mean, we only have 1 other subject aside from OJT yet I feel like there are at least 3 others!
We’re required to do analysis of 3 consecutive month issues of a particular magazine, analysis of 1 week issue of The Philippine Inquirer, Book review, Film review etc. and reporting and so on. Plus, we are about to organize a seminar regarding “Media Literacy”. All of that in one subject in a small time! And above all that, we’re still expected to attend class meetings every Saturday. I mean, Mon-Fri work plus all of that is like equals to “Just kill me already!”
I feel like 24 hours in one day are not enough to get all of this done. I feel so time and mind pressured, I’m starting to have back aches. Oh God, no! Now, I know why old people always get so grumpy.
The only thing delightful to know is that it’s the last week of our OJT. I’m almost near 200 hours. Thanks God!
Three more days of slaving myself, and I’m done. All I have to do is to cheer myself. Wooo! I can do it!
- 20th February
It’s a good Wednesday. I feel fine, I’m in the mood, everything seems light. So, everything went smoothly. As usual, we did the tasks given to us.
I stayed in the Control Room to observe. I don’t always want to stay there because that’s the most stressful place in the office. People shout, curse and slams desks when things are about to, and/ or out of hand. Especially when there are technical glitches. The director really scares me. Well, that not it’s noticeable. Anyway, at times, I like it there. You get to know how everything works, you get to see the importance of every individuals inside and outside the office.
I lasted my remaining inside the studio, staring at the beautiful Anchor/ Reporter Ma. Claire Celdran :-)
- 18th February
It’s Monday again! Back to work! Need to lift my ass up and work again. Work without pay (not that I’m complaining). I just really feel not human at all, thinking how I spend all my days working, then go home at night wanting nothing but to rest and sleep.
However, it’s been a good day. Glad I’m with friends to make things lighter and happier. :-)
- 15th February
Fridaaaaaaaaay! I love you!
This day actually is like a fast forward of what I’m doing for the past week. Everything went well, we all did what we’re supposed to do. Deliver scripts, do to prompter, gather the headlines of the newspapers in Cebu, obey orders and so on.
Well, honestly, I’m all giddy for the weekend for i can finally sleep ‘till I bleed. Oh yeah. :-)
- 14th February
Happy Valentines Day!!!! :-) Though, (1) I’m not gonna celebrate it, (2) Two of the other trainees are going to work half day because they’ll celebrate it and their works are going to fall into us who were left behind and (3) I feel bothered for the people in the office that were suddenly into full make-up mode. Lol
So, contrary to the belief that this is somewhat a “special day”, I quite feel normal anyway. Okay, not that I have bitterness with all of this, but the day really feels like just the other normal days. So, in celebrating a normal day, I just focus on the works given to me. Keep myself busy and do the normal tasks assigned to me.
- 12th February
I’ve arrived at the office at 10:00 in the morning. Well, of course I’m excused for I’ve been used for like 15 hours yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel bad about it, I just feel the need to explain myself. Haha!
The day seemed okay, though I can still feel the tiredness from yesterday. However, I’m glad I still managed to handle orders and commands well.
- 11th February
Woke up so early in the morning! What’s even worse is that, it’s 5:15am and I’m late!!! Oh boy!
I’m assigned to go to field today at FEU for the Town Hall (Forum for the Senatorial Candidates) that’s why the call time is 5:00am. I’m the only trainee that’s going to be with them. I feel excited though I know it’s gonna be a long day.
When we got there, we started to set up the sound system, decoration and so on. I’m the runner, of course. I’m lucky Ms. Armie (the one under to), is very kind to me. I don’t feel pressured or what so ever. It’s not like I’m doing a complicated task. So, I was just there helping whenever they ask. It’s easy and tiring, trouble was, I get so sleepy. Haha!
Anyhow, this event seemed successful. I’ve ran a lot of times but I feel nice being productive. We went back to the office at 8:00 in the evening. So, it’s a pat in back for all of us. :-)
- 8th February
Finally, it’s Friday! And I’m not late, again!
Can’t wait for the weekend. I can finally sleep til I bleed. Rest until I’ll wanna do anything but rest. I can just have my lazy ass moments, watch movie until it’s morning or party all night with friends and worry nothing.
I was having a very nice moment thinking of stress relieving things to do when I remembered I still have class on Saturday. Crap. :-| Now I can do nothing but sigh. Wew.
The day goes on, and there’s me doing what I’m told of. Well, today’s good, I’m getting familiar with the programs and how things work inside a news production.
- 5th February
Still adjusting with everything. The waking up, the everyday commute, the new people, the new surroundings, the work, the expectations and everything. I just feel so glad making myself productive. Well, that’s also new. :-)
There’s really nothing much to say, I’m just at the stage of adjusting with working life.
- 4th February
Not late again. I’m so proud. Though I’m starting to be bothered with my commuting skills especially crossing the roads.
Anyway, today is just like a repetition of yesterday. We did the delivering of papers, researching of icons, follow orders and so on. We just spent lots of time today doing nothing. Not a very busy day, just normal office work day.
- 1st February
I’m not late, so I guess it’s a good day. ;-)
What I did today? Stashed papers, deliver papers, do what I’m asked and do the prompter! It’s actually my first time and I’m really nervous, well, kinda. I mean, I don’t wanna mess up and make the reporters get irritated.
I was assigned to be in the studio after the Solar News Day, so whenever the reporter needs anything, she can ask me to do things for her, like when she wanna ask about the script or wanna clear something about the story.
One good thing about Solar, is that, Sir Bong who’s handling us, told us not to obey any orders from other employees except him and Ma’am Joji or at least let them know what we’re asked for. He don’t want us to be asked for anything that is not related to work.
Another 10 hours has been spent and I’m still alive and kicking. Another productive day, I guess. :-)
- 31st January
I really dunno how to work this out. First, waking up early in the morning is really not my forte. I mean, I can’t even go to school without being late in a 10am class. Second, working 10 hours per day is very dragging, I feel exhausted already whenever I think of it.
Okay, at my first day, there are actually 6 of us (trainees). Sir Bong, one of the Associate Producers oriented us first about Solar News. There are the Solar Day Break in the morning, the updates, the Solar News Day, the headlines, the Solar Network News and Solar Nightly.
I was assigned to Solar News Day with one of the other trainees. Our tasks are to observe, deliver scripts, research for icons and videos for the stories (but only when asked), do the prompter (most of the time). Our job is just like what PAs do (Production Assistant).
My first day isn’t that horrible unlike what lots of people say about “first days” :-) It seemed okay to me, I didn’t arrive late, people are very approachable (at least most of them), the working place is very cozy, so, I can’t complain with it (even comfort room has its own set of couch). We were all taught about how to do what Floor Directors do, and I figure it’s easy, though it requires you to be focused and alert. Then, I finished my day just observing and giving scripts to the directors, graphics and APs.
It’s a nice and tiring day for me. I’m so happy for being productive, its been a while since the last time. :-)