Posted on January 11th, 2012 by admin
When Eve dropped the bomb and told us we were being sent back to news desk for training for the whole of December, we were like “WHATTTT???!!”
Earlier in 2011, Hanna, Fanna and myself had survived the New Straits Times’ Pre-Entry Editorial Training Scheme (PETS) for three months.
During that training, we learned how to write hard news, recognise our house style, craft interesting leads and picked up interviewing skills. When we finally graduated from the PETS programme, we had hoped to be placed with news desk.
Hard at work?
The management had bigger plans and decided to send us to eMedia. It was frustrating when something you yearned so badly wasn’t meant for you.
But we always looked at the bright side of things. To be in eMedia was not bad at all.
So, when our lovely bosses decided to send us back to news desk, we were terrified. Not because we were afraid that we couldn’t handle it. But to fall in love for the second time with news desk….
Don’t you just hate it that you have to leave just as you fall in love with something? We were scared of that. The heartbreak.
As I write this, our stint with the news desk would be over. We are now attached with Life and Times.
Things went well during our month at news desk. Our daily routine looked something like this: Every morning, it was a must to see the editor who would assign and brief us. Then, we were off to the assignment. We came back and debrief, quickly wrote the story and patiently waited until the story was given the green light.
On foreign ground: This is the news desk
This training has taught me a lot. My most memorable assignment was about gifted Form Four kids from Sekolah Permata Pintar. These clever kids had experienced a college lifestyle while their peers were still struggling in school.
I learned that everyone is different. While I may not be as intelligent as those kids, I don’t think I could ever lead their lifestyle. Life, as it is now, is how I love it.
I enjoyed every single day at news desk. It was a good learning experience. But I also realised why I never made it to news desk. I believe God has something else planned for my future.
I’m glad to be where I am now. I hope I can (and will) contribute to eMedia. Perhaps, one day I’ll be recognized as Datuk Ridhatul Rizki Sayuti. *tak salah berangan kan* ;p
News desk is good but eMedia is so much better.
Oh, how I’ve missed my workstation!
By Ridhatul Rizki Sayuti