Friday, May 05, 2006

my last issue

So my last issue for the Murfreesboro Pulse was released on Thursday. I was waiting for the release to post because I wanted to see how it looked. I feel as though I have accomplished much in this semester working for the pulse and have learned the ropes. I do plan to keep writing for them while my career path unfolds. Hopefully one day they will become a well known paper full of ads so that I can get a paid job with them. The last issue was about Cinco de Mayo and the history of it. That was interesting to do, one because I got to find out about the history of the date, and two because of learning how to deal with problems. The main problem was the language barrier. I had to talk to many mexican restauraunts in town and ask about celebrations that they may be having. I learned quickly that patience would be needed for this interview. But I made it out ok and the story made the paper. I really am glad for the experiences that I had writing for them. Hopefully I will be able to use these in post-graduation world. Thanks again for reading my blogs and bearing with me. Hopefully one day you'll see the name Travis Young and recognize it from these days as a student. Bubye.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Last Day Disaster

I hope I made it! I have come a long way as far as my writing technique. This internship has definitely helped me to receive constructive critiquing before I go into the corporate world. For my last feature story on goblueraiders.com I finally wrote the story how I know was sure to impress my supervisor. I sent it to him proudly, only for him to give the credit to a former athlete. Yes, at the end of my feature...Was not my name. I was upset but i totally understood...seeing as how he was understanding when I had a diffucult time writing his particular writing style. All ended well . Good experience
P.S. He later corrected it !

Time's Up

I just wanted to submit my last entry. I'm really proud of what I have accomplished at Word this semester. I have had so many memorable experiences and have even made some great friends along the way. Graduation is Saturday, so that is exciting! Rich told me that I did a great job this semester. He told me that his interns really saved him during GMA preperation and that made me feel great. I wanted my internship to be more than mailings and getting coffee and it was. I highly recommend any students in the future looking for a great internship to look into Word. I hope everyone has a great Summer.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

It's All Over

Well the suspense is over and the team has been eliminated. Yesterday, Monday May 1, was my last day to come into the office to finish up a few things. The feeling is very bittersweet. It is a huge relief to no longer be devoting 35 to 50 hours a week to free labor for the Nashville Predators. However, I will miss all the people I worked and learn from in the organization. The end of the game on Sunday was disappointing as all the game night staff, who I worked with during the games said good-byes. Throughout the season everyone had become very close and almost like family to each other. Yesterday, I talked with my boss and company official about the quality of performance and who I enjoyed the internship. Everyone was very pleased with my level of work, and although there is immediate opening within the company, I was assured that I would be notified if their was a job they felt I would be qualified for.
Although, I spent a lot of time and money in the last four and half months with my internship for the Nashville Predators, I wouldn't change anything about it. I was able to get a broad range of experience from promotional writing to special events to game operations. I would recommend this internship to student who are willing to do a lot of work, but get a great experience of what the front office of a major sport organization is like.

Only Time Will Tell

(Sunday April 30) Because of my busy schedule I am writing this blog alitte late. Since the Predators first playoff win on April 21, we have been sitting and waiting to see if the team will live to play another day. The Friday April 21 win, was probably the most exciting moment of my entire internship. However, even after the exhilarating win the team has lost there next three game putting them in grave danger of being eliminated from the NHL playoffs. Now I wait for the team to tell me when my internship is over. Whenever the team is eliminated I have a few days after I have to come into the office, but then it is over.

Before this internship I never really considered myself a Predators fan, but after this semester I feel I will continue to support the team even after my internship is over.

Monday, May 01, 2006

blogged out

Hello again. I'm really excited about not ever having to blog again for the rest of my life. I'm just being honest. I really hate having to do this all the time, but I have really enjoyed my internship. It has given me some really great experience in the music industry and has really opened my eyes to a lot of issues that I didn't even realize existed. For instance, I never knew that such a tiny mistake could make such a huge impact.

Here's what happened. My boss sent out a press release via email just like he always does. He sent it to about 100 media and to everyone in house. Thursday, I'm just sitting at my cubicle typing away and all of a sudden I hear him yell, OH CRAP! Eventually everyone in the office knew what was going on and they were all frantic and astonished. I still didn't know what was going on until I heard that it was about the press release. I opened up my email and found the release. It was about a new band that we just started promoting. Then I was told by some coworkers to click on the link at the bottom that is supposed to lead to the band's myspace.com page. Yeah, you click on it and it leads to a picture of a naked woman. No kidding, this actually happened. He actually had to send out a retraction. It was really bad, but funny at the same time. I felt so bad for my boss.

One to grow on!

Im not sure if I have enough blogs, so if I don't here is one to grow on. I survived my first 8 game homestand and Im on to my second one. I have many jobs during the game. Sometimes I work the fan relations booth. This includes sitting behind a both and dealing with fans and their problems. For instance, I had to take care of a problem when a fan was very upset because a player cussed them out after they heckled him. I had to tell them, "Im sorry but we are not responsible for the players. We are sorry that this happened." I also am in charge of the promotionsl drawings that take place. After certian innings I pull a name from a box and radio up to the announcer to tell them who one he then calls them out. If Im not doing the fan relations booth, I help the promotions team. With this job, I walk around the stands giving out free cupons, like if we strike out a certain batter everyone gets free windsheild whiper fluid. Thursdays are my favorite though. I am a beer girl on this night and I make alot of money. I was asked to do this by my boss and no other intern wanted to do it. (they thought it was beneath them to pour beer) I on the other hand knew the this meant lots of tips. In my first hour I made $100 this makes up for the lousy pay I receive as an intern. The best part about this is that sometimes I can jsut go sit in the stands and watch the game. My most imortant job however is I am the person who writes the standings for all AAA minor leagues and for the major leagues. You would not believe the people that keep up with this stuff. I have people with score keeping books who wait behind me and fill in their books as I write each teams standings. I hope that this is enough blogs I did not keep up with exactly how many I did. I really love my internship and I am so excited that I had this opportunity. It was a great experience!