Archive for Month: August 2016

Q&A Answers – Part 2

When I posted the “Q&A” last week I didn’t expect to get more than 10-15 questions, tops! But over the past week I’ve received more than 70, so please bear with me. I’ll work my way through most one of them, (with the exception of the ones that were clearly not serious) just give me some time 😉

The amount of questions some of you managed to compile into one single comment impresses me, by the way.

I’ll split my responses into a couple separate posts. Read part 1 HERE.

Well, let’s get to part 2!

Lee:
Q: What’s something that amazes you?
A: People. Nothing amazes me like people do. That’s probably why I like filmmaking, documentaries and journalism. It allows me to get to know people and tell their stories.

Aziz:
Q: How high are you?
A: Not very high. Or do you mean how tall I am? According to my US driver’s license I’m 1.72m (5’8″ inches)

Aziz:
Q: What does ur diet look like?
A: I don’t really have a specific diet anymore. I eat everything. But I don’t drink soda/pop, juice or alcohol. I was vegan for a week though. Read about it HERE

Karen:
Q: Can you tell us more about your future plans? What happens after college?!
A: Good question, Karen! I honestly don’t know. I’m probably going to apply to different graduate film programs in the US: University of Texas, Tisch NUY School fo the Arts and a couple on the west coast. It’s expensive, and less than 4% of the applicants get in to some programs, but I’ll give it a shot. If I don’t get in I may want to start working in the US while also making films until I can make some money on that. We’ll see where God leads me.

Youknowwho:
Q: Favorite food?
A: Pizza. No doubt.

Youknowwho:
Q: Do you wear glasses?
A: Yes, when I’m not sleeping or wearing contacts.
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Lee:
Q: What do you think about more than anything else?
A: My faith.

Lee:
Q: What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?
A: Cooking. I’m just not good at it, and the food I make rarely tastes good. Read more about my kitchen skills HERE haha.

Lee:
Q: What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?
A: I love it. I wish everyone were confident enough to express their true beliefs — without judging or harassing other people with different sets of beliefs and opinions. I dislike talking with them if they’re not interested in hearing another persons’ view, or if they fail to see that a story often has two sides. Even if you disagree with someone, you can still listen to what they have to say.

Lee:
Q: How and where do you prefer to study?
A: I prefer to get it over with as quickly as possible. Preferably before supper. I don’t really enjoy homework, so the only way to make it go away is to do it, and the best place to do it is in the library or in the yearbook office at Augustana.

Click for video of the Yearbook office

Lee:
Q: What position do you sleep in?
A: Like a body in a casket, or on the side. Never on the stomach, ever.

Lee:
Q: What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?
A: That’s a tough one. Probably New York City or Austin, TX. But please take into consideration that I haven’t been to Los Angeles yet.

Pheew, I still have a ton of questions left, but this was a start. Stay tuned for the rest.

Bless you,
Maria

A Norwegian Journalist with an American Education

My fellow Norwegian Augustana Viking, Elin, and I promised each other we’d post at least five blog entries a week all through July. I just realized July ended yesterday, but whatever, I’ll keep posting.

Five posts a week was way more work than I had anticipated — probably because sitting down to write stuff wasn’t the most exciting thing to do after writing all day at work. But it wasn’t all that bad. Especially the Q&A-post seemed to be a success. I still haven’t had the chance to answer all of the questions, but I’ll do it later this week. Stay tuned!

Today I had my last summer shift at the newspaper. Throughout this past month I’ve written a total of 26 stories, including five front page stories.

I really appreciate that — even if I still have a year left of my Bachelor’s degree — I was allowed to work alongside real journalists in the newsroom. Valuable experience, indeed!

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The van <3

I was a little sad walking into the office this morning, knowing it was my last day there and all. But things got better when I opened my e-mail where some guy was asking if he could use my most recent story, about humanitarian work and Syrian refugees, for something called “Rix.”

I was like “Uhm, no way! That’s plagiarism. I ain’t givin’ my work to some random guy on that e-mail thaang. I spent a long time on that piece!”

But, thankfully, I didn’t reply just yet. Instead, I asked one of my colleagues what to do, and she said “Congrats, that’s really good.” But I still walked over to the copy editor to make sure. She was thrilled, and told me the e-mail was from a paper that collects stories to publish in the national publication called “Rix.”

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“National paper? Huh, okay then. Go ahead, please!”

Haha, I’m a total noob.

Anyway, the bottom line is that this internship has taught me a lot, but it has also enlightened me of all the things I don’t know. I’m pretty sure I drove my colleagues crazy the first week with my endless stream of questions:

“Why is there a red line under ‘August’ on my computer? What do you mean ‘all lowercase?’ Not capitalized? So August is supposed to be written without a big ‘A’? Norwegian is soo weeeird, OMG.”

“Where are the quotation marks on this keyboard? Oh, it doesn’t exist in Norwegian? Okay then. Good to know.

“Can I really paraphrase direct quotes? Woww, freedom.”

“My sources have the right to read through my story before it’s published? And I thought Americans were obsessed with their rights! Seriously…”

I also feel bad for the copy editors who had to deal with all that American-style punctuation and weird sentences I exposed them to the first week… but it must’ve gotten better. If five of the stories ended on the front page, and “Rix” wanted the refugee-story, I mean. So that’s good. Thanks for sticking with me.

Bless y’all,
Maria

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