My name is Patrick. I am a grade 12 learner at Rhodes high school and currently living at Marsh Memorial Homes. For a while I have been considering journalism as a future career option. To this end I was very fortunate in being given the opportunity to spend time at the Daily Voice newspaper. SA-YES organised a job shadowing opportunity for me which I embarked on with great enthusiasm and excitement. During the week I spent there, I learnt many skills which will hopefully stand me in good stead as a budding journalist. From the daily editorial meetings to going into the field with a journalist and experiencing first-hand what it is that a journalist does. Following a story, interviewing people and coming back to write up and put the story to bed. This has been an awesome experience and has opened my eyes to the reality of journalism. The most important thing that I took away with me was the realisation that behind every story hides a human drama, whether painful, joyful or merely colourful. I wish to thank everyone that played a part in making this possible for me and hopefully I will find my voice as a journalist.