I’m still haunted by screw ups I made as an intern, or any small mistake I’ve made on assignment. I remember names that I misspelled two years ago.
At my second internship at The Dallas Morning News, I was assigned two different symphonies, at two different locations, on two different days. I totally mixed up the locations and didn’t even realize it until I got home. I ended up shooting some kind of Christmas concert, and no one involved in the production even questioned why I was there.
I broke down on the phone with my editor, Chris Wilkins, who managed to sound only slightly annoyed with me. I now triple-check every assignment.