Chris Mura – KPA Intern at Lexington Herald-Leader

Summer internship with Herald-Leader gets her ready for her junior year at Indiana University


Ten weeks at the Lexington Herald-Leader gave me the urban reporting experience I needed. After a summer at the Kentucky Standard in Bardstown and time at the student paper in Bloomington, I needed to cover a bigger city that wasn’t mostly college students. Covering Lexington features was just what I needed going into my junior year.

Although other interns practiced covering crime and Lexington’s breaking news, they didn’t have the chance to do longer, in-depth stories on the things that make Lexington unique. While breaking news is a valuable skill to have, crime is universal. Reporting features allowed me a chance to report on the soul of Lexington and Central Kentucky, whether it was the newest art show or an archaeological dig in the forests of Jackson County. Far from being a fluffy position writing puff pieces on celebrities, the features beat gave me an inside look at the Kentucky others may not see.

I also learned how to collaborate with other interns to create appealing visual and multimedia packages that enhanced my own stories, giving me great ideas to bring back to school and preparing me for a career in the digital and social age of journalism. Working in a larger environment strengthened my communication skills and I was able to learn what other schools are doing with their student papers.

The KPA’s graciousness allowed me to use my summer to become a better overall journalist and prepared me to work in a functional newsroom while I covered an area that is often ignored or misrepresented by larger outlets.

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