Passion and fun all part of your day as a newspaper reporter
TODAY is my final day here at The Northern Star and over this past week not only have I learnt about how a newspaper journalist's day to day life works, I have met some great people along the way.
This experience has taught me a lot, about how you need to take initiative and responsibility all that grown up stuff adults seem to constantly remind us about.
But what I also did was have fun, which is what work needs to consist of for you to enjoy it and succeed, if you don't enjoy something you will never do well.
This week has definitely been something new to me, I have a part-time job on the weekend and I thought that would prepare me for this week, and it has, but this week has been something completely diverse and stimulating.
Trying to prepare for the unknown is impossible and I suppose that's what it's like in the newspaper world, you can't assume what tomorrow will bring and what stories will arise.
It's being able to handle things being thrown at you at the last moment, spontaneous decisions and quick thinking are just some of many qualities you need to fulfill the needs of a job like this.
This ever-changing environment is what keeps things fresh and interesting, rather than being stuck at a desk, staring impassively behind a computer screen, this way we get to understand the people and the current events.
Not a lot of other people my age can say they've been able to write for a daily newspaper and I am so proud to be able to say I have been able to this.
Not only writing in the paper, but writing this blog also has given me an opportunity to express what has been going on in my day to day life of this experience, and I like the idea that someone else will read my thoughts and maybe even take notice of them.
I have been able to experience the lifestyle of these people and understand why they have such passion for a job like this, without the passion, no one would be sitting here in this office today.
Going out on jobs with the photographers and other journalists has been such an eye-opener for me about the community.
I have become so aware of the things that go on around me in this town which has now changed how I perceive the town of Lismore.
I speak a lot about the behind the scenes work of this office, but I honestly don't think the staff here get enough recognition for all their hard work; by having this first-hand experience, it has now also changed my perception.
I am so thankful for the time I have spent here, learning new things not only about contributing to a newspaper but about how the town I live in contains so many flamboyant, diverse, remarkable and intriguing people that I never would have had the opportunity to meet without this week.
Not only the people of Lismore, but the people that sit around me now in the office deserve a big thank you for putting up with me over this week, teaching me so much and making me feel welcome in such a great working environment.
*Lucinda Gray is a Year 10 student from Kadina High doing a work experience placement at The Northern Star.