About internships and the value of pretending

Yesterday I had my first day at the newspaper I’ll be working this summer, Haugesunds Avis. It’s a daily regional paper in my hometown, and together with a bunch of other girls I’ll be stepping in for the journalists who are at vacation.

At first I thought it’d signed up for the stereotypical internship where the only privilege you get is to make coffee for the editor and to be their personal servant, but after this first day I’m pretty thrilled to say that I’ll be working as a paid JOURNALIST! Not a coffee-maker or a servant — a journalist. Needless to say, I’m very excited.

I’ll start on July 4th, so I still have some time to refresh my Norwegian grammar and vocabulary. I was a little worried about that when I first got back here for the summer, but I guess it’s like bicycling, it’s there even if you haven’t used it in a while.

When I made the documentary “More Than Just a Number” (“Veien til NM”) last summer, I snuck in everywhere pretending I was a journalist, but now I can actually say “Hi, I’m with Haugesunds Avis.”

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From last year’s sneaking around. Here: In the City Hall bathroom.

In the picture below I was in the City Hall covering an event I needed for the documentary, and that’s when I learned the true value of “Fake it ’till you make it.” I had no idea what I was doing, and I felt like I wasn’t even supposed to be there in the first place. But I ended up selling that documentary to the TV channel run by Haugesunds Avis, so I did something right, I guess.

Can you spot me? Okay, I’m the one wearing a light pink shirt, and Toms shoes.

Now I better get back to my screenplay, so talk to you soon!

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