O&O Editorial Internship: My Experience

July 16th, 2012

Since first stumbling upon the website quite by accident during a good old twitter stalk, One&Other had been a great source of intrigue for me. Filled to the brim with lots of insightful, quirky and curious articles, I was fascinated by the way it marked itself as decidedly different from the bland and scandal-ridden content of much of today’s local press yet remained community-focused and with real human appeal.

As an aspiring arts journalist desperately scrambling for any kind of work experience, I thought One&Other looked like the perfect place for me with its arts and cultural skew yet was half expecting that email of rejection sent so often from magazine and newspaper companies to young journos like myself. However, I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to begin an internship with One&Other, the response from the company being overwhelmingly friendly and accommodating.

From that moment to the end of my four-week internship today, the focus has always remained on a mutual benefit for both me and them. Dreading the usual coffee-making, filing and general skivvying chores of the typical intern, from the Monday morning of my first day I was instead involved in writing, putting up articles and being as immersed as possible into the One&Other experience. The practice from then on of writing intensely everyday has been invaluable experience for my future career. The opportunity to dig around for news, uncover some local gem of a story and then have the chance to reveal to all One&Other readers a little intriguing snippet of Yorkshire news, life or arts, that would perhaps bypass other media outlets, was fantastic.

What I have enjoyed the most about working with One&Other has been the real sense of working with a company that is forward-thinking, innovative and ever-expanding. Journalism and the press today is full of a great deal of angst, the next paper closures and journalists cuts always round the corner, but for One&Other, the media world is their oyster. Every week I heard new creative ideas discussed with the next phase of the company’s career always in their minds eye, always generating a real buzz of optimism in the office.

It was also great to be part of a working environment where normal hierarchies didn’t restrict creativity- instead, the office felt like a truly open space where all contributors were encouraged to develop their own ideas and explore their own individual style. Working with such a range of talented and enthusiastic writers, designers and illustrators really was an absolute pleasure.

For all its beautiful landscapes and historical richness, York is sometimes accused of remaining too deeply embedded in its past. But I think One&Other and all the fantastic organisations they forge links with is completely challenging that stereotype of our city, making their own little creative revolution that is rapidly pushing York towards its modern day potential as a hub of innovation, diversity and creative ideas.

I have felt really privileged to have been a very small part of this wonderful organisation, particularly at a time when the company are seeing some big exciting changes with the publication of the third and the biggest magazine issue yet and the move from the Ron Cooke Hub to The Creative Chapel. I know these changes will herald a brand new chapter for One&Other and I wish them every little bit of success. I am genuinely excited for what One &Other can and will achieve in the future.  I would like to thank Stu and Vicky for all their help and guidance throughout my internship, it has been a pleasure working with two of the most dedicated and hardworking people I have ever worked with and I can’t wait to come back and work with you again.

In the meantime, it’s an incredible experience for anybody to looking to get into the industry and I can’t recommend it enough to others!

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