Having helped out in the Kane County Chronicle newsroom for the past two months or so, Jake Bartelson has completed his summer internship.
Jake started his internship in late May and primarily worked on sports stories. Sports editor Jay Schwab and I really enjoyed working with Jake. He is a talented person with a great attitude, and we’re sure he’ll do well when he returns to Ball State University in the fall.
As part of his internship, Jake was required to write a paper for school. He shared the paper with me before he left, writing, in part:
“While I don’t know what the future holds for me vocation-wise, I am so thankful for the opportunity to work at the Chronicle this summer. I can’t thank Jay Schwab, Kathy Gresey, Kevin Druley and the rest of the staff for making me feel part of the group and providing me with so many opportunities to grow as a person and journalist.
“I came to work every day looking forward to new challenges and writing about the topic I love: sports. I would highly recommend any telecommunications major to pursue an internship or entry-level job at a newspaper, as I’ve improved my writing style and grammar pretty substantially, and as I’ve been told by many in sports media business that if I want to succeed in it, I have to be able to write.
“The Chronicle provided the platform, and I hope my work reflected the paper’s professionalism and brought more readers in as well. There are solid journalists there, and I am just glad to be a small part of it. I look forward to continuing my education at Ball State, and can’t wait for what’s next for me.”
Thanks so much to Jake for helping us out this summer. And best of luck to him in his 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.