Five ways to avoid being a news room nomad
September 21, 2010 9 Comments
Rather than getting caught out by this, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your nomadic existence does not impede your productivity.
This is your most important tool; there is a small chance that you will be given an account with an
intern email address, but make sure you have a Google or Hotmail account. Furthermore it is essential you have a professional email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org and not email@example.com. You want to be taken seriously by your colleagues and your email address is your first point of call.
Offices have a range of computer equipment and networks; you might be lucky enough to be in an office where you can access everything from any computer. However, there is a good possibility that when you have to move desk your files etc.. are staying put. There are a number of ways around this:
- If you use a Gmail account, then you can use Google Docs: it’s a full office suite and file manager, accessible in the cloud. It goes where you go.
- Dropbox: a web interface where you can upload and access files from any computer – an easy way to always have access to your files.
- USB key: if browsers have restrictions or are not up to date then Docs and Dropbox might not work. A USB drive should be a good fallback though, allowing you to keep hold of any documents you are working on.
If you are required to make a presentation during your internship, it is a great opportunity to make yourself stand out. I am going to assume you are all savvy presenters and know that PowerPoint slides should have minimal amounts information on them – the rest comes from you.
However, I am also going to let you into a little secret, called ‘Prezi’. It is a new presentation tool allowing you to use scale, rather than an outdated ‘slides’ concept to present data. (Not sure what I mean – then check out the introductory video). It handles rich multimedia so you can easily include pictures and video.
I guarantee this will make you stand out and be remembered by your audience.
An underrated but essential piece of kit; when you are being given instructions, information, research requests, making phone calls – whatever the task you should write details down and not rely on remembering it later on. There is nothing wrong with referring to your notes and it can save you from having to ask embarrassing questions later on.
5. WRITE DOWN YOUR EXTENSION:
A small but useful tip: if you are making phone calls people will often ask if they can call you back – you need to know the phone number of the organisation and your own personal extension. Write it down on a post-it or in your trusty notebook so you don’t get caught short.
It is worth thinking ahead about these things so you do not waste time once at work, it also shows that you are on the ball and won’t need your hand held the entire time.
Do you think I have missed anything obvious? What is your number one tip for ensuring being a ‘newsroom nomad’ doesn’t have a negative impact on your time at work? Comment below, tweet us (@wannabehacks) or get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org