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Editor's Notebook: Interns coming and going at Chronicle

Summer is underway, and interns are busy at the Kane County Chronicle.

Eoin Cottrell, a Geneva High School graduate and current student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, started an internship with the Chronicle on Monday. Eoin is double majoring in journalism and geography and minoring in Celtic studies.

In addition, he is president of the Society of Professional Journalists UW-Madison chapter and also a national member of the group.

At UW, he is the state editor for The Daily Cardinal student newspaper.

As such, we've already had Eoin cover one political event in Kane County – a visit Thursday by Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. You can read that story on page 17 of today's paper.

Meanwhile, intern Melissa Hutter wrapped up her internship Friday.

Melissa kept busy during her time at the Chronicle, typing up briefs, writing columns and – most recently – tackling a news story about the sale of the 18-foot revolutionary soldier that sits outside of the Custom Furniture store on Route 25 in St. Charles. You can find that story on page 16 of today's Chronicle.

Recapping her internship, Melissa said she really enjoyed the experience.

"I learned so much about journalism," she wrote in an email to me. "It is so detail-oriented. Even just on my briefs, I would triple check them in case of one comma in the wrong place. ... Overall, I learned so much from this internship, and I met some really great people and it was a great experience." 

Melissa will leave Sunday to study at the University of Oxford in England before returning to Wake Forest University in North Carolina in the fall.

Thanks to Melissa for all of her help during her time at the paper. And for those who would like to contact Eoin, he can be reached at

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at

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