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Editor's Notebook: Last of the interns head back to college

This past week, a few of our regular columnists have written about school starting and its connection with the end of summer.

That topic also has run through my mind this week, as the last of our five summer interns have completed their time at the Kane County Chronicle.

The final three interns to leave were Eoin Cottrell, Natalie Wickman and Samantha Kummerer. Each did a fantastic job as an intern at our newspaper, and all seemed to enjoy the experience.

“When I began applying for summer internships, I was told that smaller newsrooms would allow interns to write more and be more involved on the team,” wrote Eoin in an email recapping his summer internship. “This is certainly the case at the Kane County Chronicle. I loved the variety of stories that I was assigned, and I appreciated the breadth of experiences I had, from the courtroom to Face Time. The staff were all friendly, informative and [a] joy to work with.”

Natalie, who also has been a freelance writer for the Chronicle, wrote a positive review of her internship experience, as well.

“For the past two years, my time with the Kane County Chronicle has been of immeasurable importance. I’m no longer the nervous college sophomore proposing a freelance story to editors Kathy Gresey and Al Lagattolla. I’m thankful to them for taking me on as a 2013 freelance writer and 2014 intern. 

“Kathy’s enthusiasm and encouragement helped me through difficulties. She taught me how to work carefully and thoroughly. Al’s calm kindness made my view of professional journalism a little less daunting. I must also say a huge thank you to Ashley Sloboda for trusting me to take over her beat when she went on vacation.”

Lastly, Samantha wrote:

“For me, the experience was truly helpful in trying to discover where in journalism I may fit. Getting to see and learn about how newspapers plan and organize was new for me and was truly eye-opening. The variety of stories and news that are covered fascinated me and makes me confident in wanting to continue on the path of journalism, so I may be surprised and educated each day of my career. 

“Working with Sandy was a pleasure; she was easily approachable and allowed me to never hesitate for assistance.”

Best of luck to all of our interns as they head back to college.

• 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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