Globe-trotting interns ink in future

by Dorianne Sager
Student intern
Sing Tao School of Journalism

From New York to the Philippines, UBC's up and coming journalists are writing themselves around the world.

Seventeen students from the Sing Tao School of Journalism have headed for the trenches this summer to join the journalism revolution.

Nicola Jones, Enza Uda and Suntanu Dalal are currently experiencing the highs and lows of the roving global reporter.

Jones, who beat out the rest in a Canada-wide competition, is currently taking a bite out of life in the Big Apple, working for Time magazine.

Along with 10 other interns she does the grunt work of magazine news reporting: making phone calls, getting quotes and fact checking. Despite working until 2 a.m. some days, Jones has few complaints.

"Professionally, working in New York means that you've upped your odds of meeting a future employer on the subway by about 1,000 per cent," she says.

From one jungle to the next, Uda is sweating out her summer at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) in Manila with award-winning investigative reporter and centre director Sheila Coronel. An investigative journalism agency, the PCIJ provides articles for papers and magazines.

She has just completed an investigative piece on the social and economic reintegration of returning overseas contract workers.

Working in Manila has also given her insight into the politics of a Third World country, Uda says. She recently witnessed the sudden shutdown of one of the Philippines' oldest and most respected English dailies, The Manila Times.

"Local editorials say the paper was killed because of its critical coverage of the present administration," she says.

Dalal, who is working for the Hong Kong Standard, has fallen in love with the Chinese culture despite the dense population and heat of the city.

"I really have the editorial freedom to be a storyteller. I've interviewed a couple of singing and dancing Mexican chefs, and a rock drummer that I worship. Unfortunately one of the other guys got the Miss Hong Kong gig."

Well, every revolution has its price.