Today I penned a ticket giveaway post for a show of his at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C. on December 9th. The article, as it turns out, is my 215th post for The Vinyl District. TVD is a Web publication where the focus is vinyl releases and vinyl related shows.
The internship I picked up with hobbyistic intent has morphed into what is becoming the second most important thing I am to include on my resume. Past a degree that is only 8 months away, working at The Vinyl District has allowed me to cut my teeth and develop my voice.
Though the experience began with repetitive work, I was never treated like a grunt. In the beginning, my main priority was social media intern hours. This work required me to grab an article as soon as it was posted to the website, and spread it around various social media outlets.
In addition to these hours, I was given short simple articles to post. At first it was just doing show reviews and ticket giveaways, but after a few months, I began to do more involving work.
Now that I’m 2 years in the game, the articles that I work on cover a broad spectrum of content. Ticket giveaways, vinyl giveaways, show reviews, album previews, artist features, interviews, and in depth festival coverage are all things I am happy to say I’ve covered.
At this point the internship has become a part of my weekly ritual and taught me what I believe to be the four most important tenants of internet journalism: accuracy, quality, consistency, and making connections.
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