Stuff You Should Know By The Time Your Internship Is Over

From a journalism newsletter, but much of this can apply to any profession.

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  • The high-tech battery backup system in the basement will protect stuff on the computers in a power outage, unless you push the "brew" button on the coffee maker. Use it.
  • Hanging around with editorial writers won't make you smart any more than standing around a parking lot makes you a Buick.
  • Your career can thrive no matter who in the newsroom hates your guts, but stay nice to whoever sorts the mail.
  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite company policy.
  • Don't hang with reporters, don't eat junk food, don't drink, die anyway.
  • Photographers are supposed to be like that.
  • There is always one more nitwit handling your copy than you counted on.
  • Someone who uses that college education, stays sober, thinks logically and gets it right the first time provides a nice contrast to the average slot editor.
  • Don't do anything at a staff meeting that you wouldn't do at a--- hmm, all right, never mind this one.
  • Posted June 12, 2006

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