Week 9

Posted: July 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

On Tuesday, July 10, I had an interview with an African family who just moved to the United States. This is an interesting feature piece. I met at their house and we just hung out in the living room answering questions and having casual conversation. This was from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Afterwards, I met with Tim at Bigby coffee. That went from about 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Later that evening I had more questions for Lauren about Barnabas because the story was due this week. She has been super helpful.  It only took 15 minutes. I finished the Barnabas story that took about another hour and a half to write (since I started it last week).

On Wednesday, I went to Somersault for a day of shadowing which Tim set up for me. It is not exactly a publishing house. They are contracted out by publishing companies for various projects. I arrived at 9:00 a.m. and stayed until about 2:00 p.m. I talked afterwards with Dave Wright from Willow Creek about the Leadership Summit. I just needed some statistics from him and this interview took 30 minutes. Then I called Collette Johnson for the same story because she had an interesting experience at a past Summit and I wanted her input. This was about a 45 minute conversation.

Thursday was the day of a lot of writing. I finished both of the Summit stories. One was an overall about Summit while other one was about a high school Summit. In total, this took about 2 hours and 15 minutes. I really like the regular Summit story. I also finished the Serve story which took about 1 hour and 30 minutes to write.  That evening I also wrote about the African family for two hours.

Friday morning, I received the edits from Tim about those four stories (and about two stories for the Maranatha Conference, which I completed a while ago). It took me about an hour and a half to get all the corrections or find new information I needed. In addition, I researched a little bit more about other leadership conferences for the high school Summit because we needed more content in the story. Writing that and researching took about an hour in total. That afternoon I also wrote up a quick email for the Maranatha Conference to send to Alumni. This took about 15 minutes.

A few of the stories are still being edited (lots of work between Tim and I) but they will be done by the time for the portfolio. Because a couple of the stories are still in the editing process, it didn’t quite make deadline. Any work that I am doing with these right now will not count for my hours. It’ll just be for me and Tim, and I may just continue helping him or the Rapidian out for the rest of the summer because most of those writers do it for experience and not pay, anyway.

Overall, this week was 19 hours and 30 minutes. 

Week 8

Posted: July 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

On Monday, July 2, I ALMOST finished the Grammar tutorial. I went through the readings and testes for about two hours. I also sent about an hour sending emails to conference attendees and focusing on social media. 

On Tuesday, I met with Tim at KCC at 2:00 p.m. We focused a lot on the SERVE and Barnabas stories and what we want to do with them. The ended at 4:30 p.m. Then afterwards for an hour I did some research about SERVE, which I did not get from earlier interviews. This whole spread is going to be a large piece in the next print edition of WMCN.

On Thursday, I again attempted to contact Orange County Christian Writer’s Conference. I need them for a blog I was hoping to do, and they have not replied to me since I contacted them a few weeks ago. This is the last shot for them. Overall, ten minutes this week. After that, I called Juan, owner of two Guatemalan stores in Grand Rapids to try to set up an interview. One of the stores is new, and I kind of wanted to do a story about the store and its audience within Grand Rapids. Unfortunately, the language was a barrier an issue, and I was not able to do the story. That was about a half an hour phone call. That night, I began writing two stories about SERVE and Barnabas (which will make a lot more sense once you read them). Tim is writing two stories and I am writing two. I did this for about three hours. 

Friday morning I took two hours and finished the grammar tutorial. I think that was an educational experience (definitely went through information, which I had not looked at since middle school). I also called Lauren from Barnabas with some follow up questions I had for about 45 minutes. I also worked on both of my Summit Leadership stories (and attempted to call some contacts, which did not work out) for a couple of hours.

Saturday evening, right before this, I put together all my stories from this portfolio thing Tim had me working on last week and put description and week into an excel document. This took about an hour (a lot of re-reading blog posts and emails to be correct).

This all should be 15 hours and 55 minutes.

 

Week 7

Posted: July 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

On Tuesday, June 25, I met with Tim at 8:00 a.m. and we headed to LaGrave which is a church downtown. They are a site for SERVE Missions. Tim and I are doing a large spread about this in West Michigan Christian News’s July print edition. I followed their youth group (called Barnabus) to different SERVE mission sites and observed and interviewed people.  Later that day I, once again, took another hour on the English tutorial which I will be finishing soon.

On Wednesday I edited basically everything from last week: blog and two stories. They needed a lot of work and are still in the editing process right now, too. I worked on them throughout the week, not just Wednesday.

Thursday I wrote a second story about the Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conference. It had to be a different angle than the first one I wrote because it is going to a second news outlet, The Rapidian. The Rapidian is also secular so I tried to tone down the “Christian” in the story. This was an interesting task because I had the same information as before but had to rewrite it into a completely new promo story. That is still in editing right now as well. At 5:00 p.m.  I had a meeting with Pastor Santese about the high school Leadership Summit. I am writing two summit stories: adult and high school.

On Friday I tried to contact some sources for future stories (Orange County Christian Writer’s Conference is one) and I set up some future meetings. Later that evening at 8:00 p.m.  I went back to LaGrave to take pictures of their final night which was a worship night. I unfortunately did not have a camera so I had to use a camera phone. It was also really awkward because I weaved in and out of people, crouched right by the stage, took photos of people at weird angles and basically right in their face as they were singing. I feel like they thought I was odd and intrusive (which photographers are sometimes).

Saturday at 6:00 p.m. I took some time to put together a documented list (sort of like a portfolio) for Tim which he asked me to do.

 

Week 6

Posted: June 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

On Monday, June 18, I did an hour of the english tutorial. I also had a short interview with Kathi Macias to gather information on a blog which I will do in the future about Orange County Christian Writer’s Conference.

On Tuesday, I met with Tim at 9:00 a.m. Again, it was our basic meeting. Later that day I tried to get an interview with Verna Kokemeyer, but she was unavailable so I left a voicemail. At 7:30 that evening I went to a movie screening for Unconditional which doesn’t release until September. I had to get invited and everything which was pretty cool. The producer was there in attendance and after the movie the crowd was able to ask questions. Afterwards I was able to have a short interview with the producer. I was afraid I was going to have to sign a contract or something that would forbade me from talking about the movie (like they do with blockbuster screenings) but luckily I got permission to write an early review as long as I don’t give the plot away.

Wednesday was a pretty lax day. I wrote a Maranatha blog about the last speaker, Eva Marie Everson. I also did some emails for Tim to send to conference attenders.

Thursday was the busier day. I did final edits on the KaBOOM! Story and Eve Make-A-Wish fundraiser story. I also finally got a hold of a refugee for the refugee story, which was good because that story was due by tomorrow. The lady is Ms. Haddad and she runs an Arabic school in Grand Rapids. She was very nice and insightful. I also called Verna again. She answered the phone this time but was very busy that day so we set an interview time for Friday at 11:00 am. That evening I wrote my movie review for Unconditional and the refugee festival story.

Friday morning, I had my interview with Verna. I also quickly edited the refugee story at request of my editor Kolene.

On Saturday I wrote some more emails for Tim about the Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conference and did some pre-planning for future stories. I also wrote the Marantha Christian Writer’s Conference story for the paper, but I’ll have to work with Tim a lot more on that one. 

Week 5

Posted: June 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Yay for this week! I feel like it was much more successful. 

The week was supposed to start on Tuesday with a phone interview at 10:00 from Jason Ley of Eve. But I did not receive a call so I called him at 10:30 am and left a message on his voicemail. He called me back a few hours later. He had been called off site and was out of the office. We set up another interview for Wednesday. I also tried to set up an interview with Dough Van HIll of Van Hill Furniture for a Christian businessmen story, but was unable to reach him. 

On Wednesday Tim and I met at Panera for our meeting from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. We did what we have been doing for the last couple of weeks. Later that afternoon  I had the interview with Jason. Afterwards, I tried to set up another interview with Tim Verink who owns a motor home dealership, but he was out of the office as well. I may just erase the Christian business leaders story. Later that evening I wrote a blog for Maranatha about their speakers Dave and Neta Jackson. 

On Thursday, I interviewed a few people. In the morning I talked with Jim Vessers of St. John’s about the playground build. I was hoping to talk with a representative from KaBOOM! as well (like I tried last week) but still have been unable. That is fine because I have enough information for the story. At 3:00 p.m. I had an interview with Rob Hughes who is in charge of the Leadership Summit for the Grand Rapids area. That was an interesting interview and I got a lot out of it. This interview only took an hour, but because the story is not due until July 10, I will probably have a follow up interview with him along with others. That afternoon I tried to contact my refugees again, and no luck. I am going to have to go at a different angle with the World Refugee Day and Arts Food Festival. 

On Friday morning I edited an early draft of Roadbed Ministries from a while ago. It was sent to the wrong person origianally so my editor never received it. After some tweaking it, I sent it in. After work that evening, I had an interview with Glenys, a past attendee of the Maranatha CHristian Writer’s Conference. I am putting together a promo story for the conference and want past attendee’s input. 

Saturday morning I met with Tim again at 9:00 am – 10:20 a.m. Same thing again. Afterwards, I wrote the KaBOOM! build day story as well as the Sundress Social story for the Eve. They are both in the editing phase right now. 

Week 4

Posted: June 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

This was not a good week at all. Where as last week, a few of my sources fell through but I still had enough for the story. That was so not the case this week.

Tuesday was a pretty busy day for me personally, but I did have a couple of interviews supposed to happen. I ended up not getting a hold of them, however, and was supposed to try on Wednesday for the Farmer’s Market story. So all in all this only took about an hour.  

I met with Tim on Wednesday at 9:00 am for about an hour. Again, we went over what this week will entail, and then we edited a story that I had written for the Sojourn just so I can learn more about writing. We also went over the English tutorial’s quiz. Later that day I was supposed to continue with the Farmer’s Market story, but someone at the Rapidian had practically written it already. Instead I switched it out for a Make-A-Wish Foundation Sundress Social at the Eve. The manager was Jason Ley and I was given his phone number. The call went to voicemail. I decided to put the story on hold and then moved onto the story for the West Michigan Christian News. I was doing a story about Christian businessmen and how they run their businesses. I wanted to talk with a man Tim who has a motor home dealership. He was not in the office when I checked. I also called and left a voicemail. I have yet to receive a call back. All this took about 45 minutes. That evening, I wrote the Maranatha’s blog post about Cecil Murphey and I also sent out emails for Tim. The blog took an hour and the email only took 10 minutes. 

Thursday was a crazy day. My streak of unsuccessful sources and interviews continued. Jason Ley of the Eve called me back and we were unable to meet this week, so we set up an interview for Tuesday. I chose a KaBoom playground build story to sub for that. There were three contacts for that story. I was able to get the Amway lady on the phone, but she was busy and said she would send me information in an email. I have that information, but not quotes. The other two sources fell through. So I then looked into the story about World Refugee Day Arts and Food Festival. I got in contact with a PR lady from the Red Cross and she was able to get me some information, but not a whole lot because some parts of the festival is still in the planning stage. I then wanted for information about refugees so I called Bethany Services and after begin transferred from one person to the next and to the next, I was able to get a hold of someone helpful. Sort of. She gave me a slant for a story to write with the West Michigan Christian News, but because a lot of her information was confidential (such as churches involved with Bethany or refugees they have helped) I had to ask other sources. I found out Grand Rapids International Fellowship is partnered with Bethany Services to do English classes for refugees. However, the man in charge of it will be out of town until Monday. I also had the phone number for a Bhutanese family, but the parents worked a lot and I couldn’t talk to the kids because they are underage. I then fell back to the Christian businessmen and tied to talk to a man who makes office furniture named Reggie VandenBosch, but that failed as well. I knew of Doug who owns Van Hill Furniture out in Zeeland, but because that was out of town, I wasn’t able to visit. I called, but he was not in the office. I hope to try him again next week because I want that interview. All this went from 10:00 am to 4:30 p.m. I ate for an hour at 12:30 so I had a break there. 

Friday morning before I left for my work at Target, I edited the edits from the YfC City Life story from last week and sent it into Doug from the West Michigan Christian News. This took 20 minutes. 

Saturday I was able to meet with Tim again at 9:20 a.m. and it lasted about an hour and 10 minutes. We went over all that happened this week, and what I am doing for next with. Luckily, all the refugee stories do not have to be done until June 23 which is when the festival is. Later that evening I went through the edits for the blog post and the published it. This was about 30 minutes. I also spent an hour searching sites for the social media. I also set up a meeting with Mr. Hughes who is in charge on Summit, and we set up an interview potentially for Thursday. That only took 10 minutes for introductions and then setting the time.

All the interviews for next week seem set up, though!

Week 3

Posted: June 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Monday morning I called some more bakeries, and actually got a hold of the bakers, which I wasn’t able to last time. We had some short interviews which turned out to be a bust because they really did not want to talk. Later that night I went through the English tutorial some more and am at practice number 5. 

Tim and I met on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to go over what we would be doing for the next week. We also went through how to post the blog on writewithpurpose.com which I had written. After that, I spoke with Roger Snider form the Salvation Army about National Donut Day. Later that evening, I also did social media campaigning by looking up sites and answering emails. I also finished the donut story. 

On Wednesday, May 30, I wrote the new conference email and sent it to all the past attendees. 

Thursday, May 31, I worked on social media for about 45 minutes in the morning. That afternoon I had a phone interview with the senior pastor and Grace Christian Reformed Church about Youth For Christ City Life. I was informed of a City Life meeting that evening at 6:30 which I attended and was able to get an interview with the Director and a couple of interns. 

Friday, June 1, Tim and I met again at Panera. We went over the week again and also went through the West Michigan Christian News and together edited one of the stories. Later that evening I was supposed to attend that Arts Festival for the Rapidian news but it got rained out. I am hoping to go on Sunday. I wrote the YFC City Life story and a new blog about a keynote speak Kathi Macias.

Saturday, June 2, I spent a little more time looking up conference sites.