Between the Pages

Here at ZCode Media, we love it when we can open our doors for guests to come and explore behind the scenes. This summer we invited three interns, all students from 92127, and gave them an inside look at how our magazines are put together. Jeena Lee, Ben Friedl, and Chelsea Song not only brought some young flair to our office, they also disclosed a unique perspective for their community. They even assisted in helping us brainstorm ideas for this very cover feature, focusing on the five year anniversary of their own high school.

In return, we helped open their eyes to a whole new side of San Diego. They not only worked on their home zip code of 92127 Magazine, but were fully enveloped in the ten other zip codes that ZCode’s magazines call home. “After being in so much contact with all the different zip codes ZCode covers, I have learned so much more about San Diego and its communities,” Chelsea shared. “I found that all the zip codes have something different to offer, but are inherently the same in the way they promote communal affairs and a sense of togetherness.”

Jeena expressed that her experience only furthered her interest in journalism. “In the past, I had heard stories on both ends of the spectrum, where people discovered a secret passion or a defined distaste via an internship, and that was what I was hoping to find here. My interest for journalism definitely grew, and I do not regret a single minute I spent under the vent in the ZCode Media headquarters.”

“Internships may look good for college, but if you aren’t enjoying yourself, what’s the point?” Ben challenged. “As an intern, I expected the daunting task of receiving the jobs that would be very time consuming. However, thanks to our supervisors we received many exercises that not only made us better writers, but also gave us invaluable real world working experience that will stick with us for the rest of our lives.”

All three agreed it was not a summer wasted and that they would carry on the skills and lessons they learned from us to wherever their future may bring them. While they didn’t always get the biggest projects and received critiques on their work, we certainly learned from them about the patience and focus that goes into each task, and that it doesn’t hurt to take a step back to see the larger impact of your one small contribution. And, of course, always strive to make the best magazines that people want to read.