The end of the school year is here, and summer internships are beginning at the Kane County Chronicle.
Intern Melissa Hutter started Monday. She is a Geneva resident and sophomore at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Melissa wanted to intern with us so she could explore the field of journalism to see whether it might be a good career choice for her.
Already, she is helping type up the news briefs that appear in the paper. And she has been assisting with clerical tasks.
In addition, intern Jacob Bartelson started Tuesday. The St. Charles resident is a student at Ball State University in Indiana majoring in telecommunications/digital sports production.
During his internship, Jacob wants to gain more experience in a professional journalism setting and learn how to network more effectively. He will be working on sports stories for us this summer.
Have a story idea or feedback for Melissa or Jake? Contact them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively.
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The Kane County Chronicle also says so long this week to winter/spring intern Micah Andersen, who will graduate Sunday from Geneva High School.
Micah designed pages, wrote columns and typed up briefs for us during her internship.
Recapping her experience at the Chronicle, Micah wrote in an email to me that she learned a lot.
“The most important thing I learned in this experience is how important a journalist’s job is to the community they serve. Every time I interviewed someone, they were thrilled and excited to tell their story. Everyone is excited to be in the newspaper. People want to tell their stories, and they are the reason I want to be a journalist.
“This experience has only affirmed what I believed to be true. I want to study journalism and graphic design. I want to tell stories and write for my living. And, without bragging, I believe I am good at it. I will continue to write in a column style over the summer, despite not interning at the Chronicle. I will do this by transferring the same type of topics over to the blog I have started at never-stop-writing.com.”
Thanks so much to Micah for all of the help she provided during her internship. And best of luck to her in her future endeavors.
• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at email@example.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at http://ninaonline.org.