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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

The Houston Press

Summer 2012 Site Review

Position: Marketing Intern
Student: English Sophomore

For the past three months, I have been one of two marketing interns at the Houston Press.  The Houston Press considered to be one of the larger liberal newspapers distributed in Houston. It is not subscription based, but newspaper racks are set up throughout the city, and anyone can pick up a free paper whenever they please.  Places that these racks might be include Chipotle, independent bookstores and restaurants, and lots of street corners. However, I did not work with the editorial team, which is mostly in charge of getting a new paper out every week.  I worked with the marketing team, whose purpose is to spread the word about the paper, and to host the many events that the Houston Press puts on.

I worked on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to six, and I learned so much about social media.  One of my major responsibilities was get on Twitter and tweet multiple times a day about specials the press was having or about events that the Houston Press was putting on.  For instance, I was working there for the Houston Web Awards in June and the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase in August.  I would tweet two to four times a day about ticket sales or special guest appearances.  I also posted on Foursquare a lot for our Best Of issue, letting people know which restaurants won in our 2012 Best Of issue.  Another task I had was to buy ads to put on Facebook.  When the events came around, the marketing team was always very busy.  The team consists of two interns and two employees, so it is a small team that has to get a lot done.  We had to set up the venues, book bands, make awards, get sponsors for the events, post flyers and posters, and work the events too.  It was very hard work, but it was also very rewarding to see people having fun at our events.

Summer 2011 Site Reviews

Position: VM Photo Intern
Student: Undeclared Sophomore

Interning at HoustonPress was an amazing learning experience. I realized there is a lot more to photojournalism than what meets the eye. It was kind of difficult explaining to friends and family what my internship consisted of on a daily basis. A huge part of the internship depended on restaurants and their managers or owners. I would start off the week with a list of restaurants to call schedule shoots through out the week so my hours were pretty flexible. Since my position was out on the “field” that meant shorts and a casual shirt were appropriate for the internship, as well as sunscreen, a hat, and lots of water.
Throughout the week I would shoot restaurants and every Friday I would go to the HoustonPress office to upload the photos as well as consult my supervisor who is the art director. That was the most important part of the internship I think because she gave me feedback that is hard to find, and it really has helped me as a photographer.

On weekends I would have an event to shoot such as a gallery opening, opening of the last Harry Potter, and a jazz festival to name a few. Each event was new and exciting and placed me out of my comfort zone, because I was surrounded with people I usually would not be surrounded with and just the experience itself is completely unexpected it can be startling. At the end of each event I left happy and excited because I was able to place myself back into my comfort zone in a different way, by utilizing my camera. I have met many interesting people, learned new things about my community such as the underground art movement in Montrose.

This internship is a great opportunity to get your name out there and especially if you are the kind of the person who needs to be active and participate in hands on activities, and not sit at a desk all day.
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