Jake Flax: This is a real job; it’s a lot of work | SteamboatToday.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Jake Flax: This is a real job; it’s a lot of work

I started working here two weeks ago. I don’t think I’ve ever worn so many collared shirts in my life. This is a real job.

I have been employed plenty before, but I’ve never been so involved in an occupation.

A few months ago, I completed a senior project through this newspaper. My assignment was to write a few articles. To me, getting published was a big deal. I spent countless hours writing seven or eight stories during four months. When I was finished, the Pilot & Today offered me a paid internship.



Since then, I have re-created my senior project numerous times. Instead of writing seven or so articles during a few months, I am now writing two or three a day. It’s a lot of work, but I like it. I definitely don’t have a problem calling complete strangers anymore, and I’m pretty proud of saying, “Hi, my name’s Jake Flax and I’m with the Steamboat Pilot & Today Newspaper, how are you doing today?”

The atmosphere here is what I like the most. Not only has everyone in the building been really nice and helpful, but I can see these people act this way all of the time, not just when there’s an intern around. They joke with each other, laugh and have fun. I have worked at construction sites, on roofs, and in moving vans, and never have I seen employees with such relaxed attitudes. That’s not to say that everyone here is lazy; that would be entirely untrue. When there’s work to be done it gets finished. What I mean to say is there seems to be very little stress and a lot of good times around here. This is one of the only jobs I have ever had that I actually look forward to.



I have learned a lot already, yet I still have a long way to go. An entire college career, actually. I know that when I get to Colorado State University in a couple of weeks, I’ll be ahead of the game as far as journalism, my major, goes.

Journalism is not the only thing I have learned about, either. The working world in general has really been brought to light for me through this internship. I think that communicating with unknown people is an invaluable skill that I will need in my life.

The reason that I studied journalism, more specifically sports writing, in high school was to get a taste of what a career in that field would be like. That’s also why I accepted this internship offer. So far, I am still very excited about pursuing a career in journalism. However, I am a little skeptical about finding other publications with business atmospheres such as this one. I really like it here and I would be surprised to find another newspaper or magazine that can compare.

Jake Flax is a 2006 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School. He conducted a summer internship at the Steamboat Pilot & Today through the Colorado Press Association Foundation.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


News

Letter: So proud of Dylan Roberts

I am a proud and retired Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher. My out-of-town friends roll their eyes when, yet again, I highlight a former student leading a noteworthy life.



See more