A summer experience to rememberIt seems like only a few days ago that I was walking through the door into the newsroom of the Lake County News Chronicle for the first time. Now, a few short months later, it’s my last week and my last set of articles.
By: Claire Hoffert, Lake County News Chronicle
It seems like only a few days ago that I was walking through the door into the newsroom of the Lake County News Chronicle for the first time. Now, a few short months later, it’s my last week and my last set of articles.
When I signed up for this internship, I was told that we would be a part of putting out each paper. At that point, I didn’t quite realize what that meant and how true it would be. While the experience has increased my confidence and improved my writing, it has given me an incredible opportunity to experience the world of journalism within the comfort of my hometown, a soft and slow opening into the fast-paced field.
That said, it was only a slow opening comparatively. I was responsible for my share of articles each week, as well as coming up with ideas for new ones, and it was fulfilling to complete my stories and see them in print a few days later.
While I have many favorites, a major highlight of this whole experience would have to be meeting and talking with the many interesting people of Lake County, people that I normally wouldn’t have the chance to meet. I also enjoyed learning a vast amount of information about different subjects from people in my conversations with them.
Although most of my time was great, there were a few moments that were a bit more challenging. Scrambling to get in touch with people so I could write a story before the deadline was quite stressful, to say the least. However, we always managed to get a paper to press; our whole team made it work somehow. I can only credit the the amazing, hard-workers at the Chronicle and the technical staff at the Duluth News Tribune.
Even though there occasionally were those articles where I couldn’t seem to string together a few words to make a sentence, most of my assignments were interesting and fun to write. I learned about different events in town, some I had never heard of before, and topics I had never learned about in detail. I liked knowing the specifics about certain topics and sharing that information with others
All in all, my summer at the Lake County News Chronicle was a time very well spent. I’m very excited to use what I’ve learned here in my upcoming senior year, college, and the distant future. I received an amazing education in journalism and I’m grateful to everyone who made my experience the very best it could be.