First Term of Journalism

Hey guys! So yesterday the first term officially ended with the presentation of our magazine. I can’t believe how fast it went by! Anyway, when I started I said I’d write a post about my experience so far, so here it is!

One half of all the freshman started with Culture and Lifestyle and the other started with ‘News’. I started with the first one, so I can’t tell you anything about the latter yet. Culture and Lifestyle mainly focusses on ‘soft journalism’: magazines. Every term we have three subjects. This term’s subjects were: Interview, First Issue and Human and Media.

Needless to say we were taught how to properly interview someone and had to interview a few people ourselves. This was my least favourite subject, mainly because I felt like I didn’t learn much. I’m not saying I didn’t learn anything at all, but looking back I just don’t feel like I know a lot more about interviewing than I already did. This subject was also the most stressful as we had to find someone, interview them and write the interview in a very short time a few times.
Interview also consisted of lessons on ‘speech’, but I really didn’t learn anything at all in those classes. I tend to talk fast when I get nervous and my articulation isn’t always spectacular either, so I really hoped I’d learn how to improve that. While she did give advice on how to stop the nerves, they didn’t really help.

First Issue
I’ve already talked a bit about First Issue, but I never named it! The magazine we made was for this subject. I feel like I learned the most from this subject. I learned so much about magazines and I look at them with a completely new eye! Also thinking up an original concept for a magazine that doesn’t exist yet (in The Netherlands) is hard. It was a lot of fun to write articles and though editing other people’s articles isn’t always fun, I really had a great time with my fellow editors. Here’s a hug for you guys (not that they’ll read this haha)

Of course First Issue wasn’t just writing articles, we had to design them as well. So we had one hour every week in which we learned how to work with Adobe inDesign. I’m happy to say I can sort of work with it haha. But I won’t need it for the rest of the year I believe, so I’ll be clueless again next year! Designing articles was fun when I knew how I wanted my article to look, if not:

Human and Media
Woah almost wrote it in Dutch haha. I’m very used to call it ‘mens en media’ (‘interview’ is the same word in Dutch and ‘First Issue’ is the actual name. Probably because it just sounds better in English haha). Anyway! While I found Human and Media very interesting, I’m glad it’s over. We had work groups, but we didn’t really do much during those hours. It wasn’t really boring though, the teacher was nice and everyone had to hold presentations, most of which were fun to watch (one group held a quiz and now we don’t trust this girl with lollipops anymore haha. Whenever someone got a question right they’d get a lollipop, but the way she threw them…). The lectures were more interesting; they were divided in ‘human’ and ‘media’. Though the ‘human’ part was interesting, I already knew a lot of the information thanks to having followed social sciences in secondary school. The ‘media’ part was… Well, it was interesting, but the teacher just didn’t help. While the woman who gave lectures about the ‘human’ part just stuck to the point, he was the complete opposite (the ‘human’ teacher even made a joke about that). Also he liked to promote his own work a lot. The test was multiple choice and really easy though (I don’t have my grade yet, so maybe it wasn’t easy haha. Wait, that’s no laughing matter).

Anyway, so far studying journalism is fun and stressful. It’s a lot of work and not every teacher really explains everything, but hey, that’s education right? I’m a lot happier at this school than at my previous one. I feel like my class is an actual class, unlike my previous ones. I like the subjects (when I said that interview was my least favourite subject, I didn’t mean I disliked it! Well, I kind of did, but not because of the subject itself haha) and they’re useful. I know that everything I learn, I’ll need later on in life. Plus, if I get sick of a subject, I only have to take it for a few more weeks and then BOOM the term is over and it’s time for new subjects. If you have any questions about studying journalism, feel free to ask! I’m happy to help (though of course I don’t know everything yet either!)


Teens Tell Their Story: An Interview With Meg

Last week’s Teens Tell Their Story’s ‘topic’ was to interview a fellow blogger and I paired up with Meg from Marguerite. I really recommend you to go check out her blog; her writing is beautiful!

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging to put down my personal poems and essays, you know. To encapsulate my emotions somehow.

Do you want to publish your poems in the future?

Okay I’m going to steal a question from Caitlin haha: If you had to describe your country in as little words as possible, what would you say?
If describe the Philippines as hot and humid as hell. Also, colorful—like our culture and islands and the people. What about you, how’d you describe your country?

The Philippines sound amazing! I’d love to visit one day

Yes it is, the beaches here are amazing :-) and we have old cities back when we were colonized by the Spaniards. It’s pretty cool

How many poems have you roughly written?
I think I’ve written over 200 poems, most are in my head.

Oh that’s a lot! Would you like to make a living of poems one day?

What’s you favourite book?

My favourite book is a tie between the Catcher in the Rye and Peter Pan.

What’s your favourite book to movie adaptation?

Paper Towns! I like how the ending is different from the book, it gives more closure.

What’s the weirdest book you’ve read?

Somehow, this book called the cement garden was a bit weird (idk). But I ended up liking it. The story was weird yet well written :-) it’s by Ian McEwan.

Who is your favourite poet?

Right now, my favourite poet is Sappho.
What would you recommend to someone who’s new to poetry?
 Have you heard of Lang leav? Her poems are beautiful. And the poems berlinartparasites post on their page are nice too

I’ll look into those! How did you get into poetry?

 Hm, I really don’t know. I just started reading poetry aside from in school. Maybe because of the internet, you know, like on tumblr and poetry books in the book store haha.

Do you show other people your work? 

I show my work to my close friends. It’s sort of private irl. Some of my not so close friends see my work because I write it in my journal, and they flip through it lol
Lately I’ve performed two poems in class and I got a pretty good reaction though.

Oh that’s awesome! :) If you could meet any author dead/alive, who’d you want to meet?

 J. D. Salinger, the author of the Catcher in the Rye :-) I just want to have casual conversation with him over a cup of coffee. Haha

What would you ask/tell him?
 Haha, I’ll just listen to anything he says. Like he can rant about life and stuff. I’ll tell him how much I love his work :-)

That was the interview! It was fun talking to you Meg! I hope all your dreams come true; of poems and novels, of traveling through Europe… and maybe going back in time to have that cup of coffee with Salinger ;)