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​Three months at FMT

September 8, 2017

Intern Afiqah shares her experience of working in a busy newsroom.

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By Afiqah Farieza

It has been three months since I stepped into the FMT newsroom, hoping that I would breeze through the following months as an intern.

During the interview, I wondered if I would be accepted. I was relieved that the interview, which the editors preferred to call a “chat session”, went well.

Ever since that day, I looked forward to learning about journalism and experiencing the environment in a newsroom which puts up stories by the minute.

In school, we learned theories on the media. Here, I learnt the various steps involved before an article is published.

This internship was a big exposure for me.

At FMT, I learned how to pick up news, come up with “story ideas”, do “follow-ups” and of course, write.

I must admit that it took me a while to understand the process. The first month was the hardest. Yet, I always looked forward to coming to work the next day, knowing that something new was waiting for me.

I didn’t only come to learn about news. I came with the intention to find out if I belonged in the industry.

Here, reporters feel like it’s their calling to answer questions that readers want to know. Our editor-in-chief feels excited when reports are sent in. I, on the other hand, do not feel that way yet. After all, I came here wondering if this was my calling.

I found the newsroom to be challenging and pressuring. I often felt that I was walking on thin ice. But that is what makes the job fun.

So what do I miss as I prepare to leave my internship? Everything.

As this was my first time experiencing working life, I will of course miss the traffic jam. And then the constant pick-ups, research, transcribing of press conferences, and frequent tagging along with reporters for their assignments.

These three months provided me with a general idea of how working life would be. That is, if I end up being a journalist. But even if I don’t, my time here will be forever etched in my memory.

Thank you to those who have guided me. Thank you to all the reporters for their encouragement and advice. And thank you to the editors.

* Afiqah Farieza, an intern with FMT, is a student of the University of Nottingham Malaysia.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.


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