July 2008, New York, New York
Empire State Building Flare by Serenity Avenue
August’s issue of the magazine was set to be released the day the entire website team — and most of the rest of the staff — was at an out-of-town meeting. I was not going to the meeting, and therefore, as the only web staff member in the office on release day, I, as an intern, would be completely responsible for pushing all the issue’s content live on the website.
It was a pretty big deal. Multiple articles, columns, product features, and slide shows going live at the same time on the same day. And people don’t like to see broken website links, you guys.
My supervisors walked me through it before they left. They were confident in my skills. I was not. I took notes and made lists. I felt so inept. My journalism classes had not been website development classes. And though I kind of knew a bit of about these things, using the magazine’s content management system was a whole new ballgame.
I didn’t sleep well that night. I came to the office the next day, sat down at my supervisor’s desk, and took a deep breath. I turned on the computer, and I started going through each step it took to get each story up on the website.
A couple of hours later, my supervisor called to check in. She had pulled the website up at the meeting. “It looks great, Natalie. You’re doing a great job. We’re so glad we have you working with us this summer.”