New faces (temporarily) at the News-Chronicle
By: Tammy Francois, Lake County News Chronicle
The Lake County News-Chronicle is pleased to welcome two interns to its little family of reporters.
About two months ago, I received word that the Minnesota Newspaper Association would again be partnering with the Pohlad Family Foundation to offer internship grants to member newspapers throughout the state. These paid, two-month internships are intended to encourage high school students to explore journalism as a career. For us at the News Chronicle, it’s an opportunity to share our enthusiasm for community reporting with a couple of talented young women—Chaviely Dellinger, a recent graduate of THHS and Claire Hoffert, who will be entering her senior year at THHS in the fall.
Chaviely and Claire impressed me with their writing ability, intelligence and enthusiasm. I think they’ll impress you, too. Last Friday they came over to the News-Chronicle office where they had an opportunity to meet each other, get the lay of the land and talk about possible beats and schedules. Later, LaReesa gave them an overview of the Google platform we use for writing, editing and moving our stories to the production facility in Duluth. By the time they left, our novice reporters looked a little overwhelmed (exactly the way I looked after my first visit to the News-Chronicle office just 11 months ago) but there’s no doubt in my mind that in two weeks they’ll be filing stories, while simultaneously confirming appointments for interviews, eating their lunches and checking their emails.
Chaviely and Claire will start their internships July 1. Look for them around the community and call them at 834-2141 with your news and story ideas.
In other happy news, Jan Kent has returned to Lake County for the season and will be writing a weekly column for the News-Chronicle, she calls it “Home for the Summer.” Jan may be familiar to some of you. She wrote a column last fall about closing her little cabin on the North Shore. At that time I promised she’d be back in the spring and I’m pleased to announce that she has settled into her place by the big lake and is putting pen to paper. Her take on cabin life and simple pleasures is like a breath of sweet northern Minnesota air.
We’re going to be wishing LaReesa Sandretsky well, as she’ll soon be heading to the Duluth News Tribune for a temporary 12-week assignment, after which she will rejoin us. I’m not quite sure how I’ll manage without her, but this will be a great opportunity for her to spread her wings as a journalist.
It’s going to be a good summer here in Lake County. It always is. There are the 100th anniversaries of the Toimi School and the Finland Coop next weekend, as well as the summer solstice celebration at the Breakwater in Two Harbors. In weeks to come there’ll be Heritage Days and Bay Days, the Kayak Festival, Chalk-a-lot and so much more. Best of all, there are the everyday joys of living here–friendly neighbors and a great lake.
I’m going to miss Lake County while I’m working in Duluth. I’ve reconnected with so many people during my year here and built a lot of new relationships but I’ll be back this fall. In the meantime, I’ll be covering arts and entertainment for three months at the Duluth News Tribune. Pick up the DNT to see my work there. The Wave, the special A&E section where a lot of my work will appear, runs in the Thursday edition each week. Keep me updated on all the arts & entertainment happenings in Lake County, too—I’ll be looking for material from all over the Arrowhead Region. You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.