At the end of my freshman year at Ithaca College, I knew I needed a summer job or internship. My grandma’s friend recommended I send a letter and application to the Cazenovia Republican in hopes of a summer position. I didn’t think the editor, Jason Emerson, would be interested. I was just ending my freshman year, just starting out as a journalist, but he asked me to come into the office. So I did. We chatted and he offered me the job. The next week, I eagerly walked into the office above Dave’s Diner for my first day, prepared to fetch coffee and answer phones. I had the single dream of being published at least once during the summer — well, was I in for a surprise.
The first day, I was given a few story topics to write. The second day, I went to Cazenovia High School to cover an event by myself. I was amazed and honestly, extremely intimidated. People were counting on me, but I wasn’t sure if I could even count on myself. I was terrified that I would let people down and not cover the event correctly or write the story adequately. I never showed my fear though, I conducted myself like a confident journalist and more than 30 articles later, here I sit, the confident journalist that I only pretended to be 11 weeks ago.
This summer, I have learned more than I could have ever imagined. I learned how to write stronger leads and articles; I am more outgoing in interviews, asking better questions; and I am better at copy editing my work and others’ work, something that I did not know how to do prior to this internship. However, there are also skills I need to work on, such as writing in the Associated Press style — the writing style used by newspapers and the news industry in the United States. I also need to work on taking journalistic photos that will capture the readers and help them to better understand the story.