I can’t believe my time at Spin is almost over!
I had Monday off for the holiday and I had a really great, relaxing day exploring the city. Then Tuesday was back to work. I had to finish compiling the database I had been working on and that took basically all day.
On Wednesday, I had to transcribe two interviews for the upcoming issue. Transcribing takes a LONG time. The first interview was about an hour long and I think the general rule is that it takes four hours to transcribe every one hour of audio. This one took a lot longer because one of the musicians was very soft spoken (AND she had an accent) and occasionally something that sounded like an air-conditioner (which it obviously was not because it’s 30 degrees outside) would come on and make it even harder to hear. That took me about 6 hours to do, plus I attended another online meeting and stepped out for lunch.
After I finished that one, I started the second one. It was much easier to understand. I finished that one on Thursday afternoon.
I like transcribing because readers never get the full interview in the articles they read it’s fun to be able to hear the entire interview. Sometimes the interviews are really funny and I start cracking up at my desk. It is exhausting though, because you have to constantly listen and rewind and sometimes do additional Google searches for clarification and spelling. It can be exhausting, but this is a good skill to have. I’m glad that I’ve gotten a lot of practice with it at Spin.
On Thursday, after I ate lunch, I had some downtime so my supervisor sent me to the grocery store a few blocks down to get an assortment of snacks. It was our editor-in-chief’s birthday so we were going to have a little office party. When I got back, I ran another errand, this time picking up a book at a Barnes and Noble uptown for the deputy editor. I don’t mind that sometimes they ask me to run errands. I actually think it’s fun! And it makes me feel important to step out with Spin’s corporate American Express card.
I got back from Barnes and Noble in time to celebrate the editor’s birthday. I love the little office parties we have because it gives me more of a chance to get to know the other people on staff.
I had a great third week. I almost wish it wasn’t over but I’m excited for my last week and to be get back to Salem and apply the skills I’ve learned (and use them to apply for jobs!).