Internship got Transy English major out of her comfort zone, has much more confidence

Savannah Hemmer 

The Ledger Independent 

Transylvania University 

 

Savannah Hemmer

When I began my search for summer internships, I never thought I would  find one in the local newspaper business! I had not really had much experience with journalism, but as an English major, I knew that I loved to read and write. I came to Maysville not knowing what to expect, since it is a much smaller city than my own hometown. However, all of the people I have encountered while working for the Ledger Independent have made me feel welcome and at home.

On my first day in the newsroom, I jumped right in and went with a fellow reporter to a city council meeting. From there, I began to learn about the many facets that are a part of a local newspaper. Some days were a little frustrating, while others I did not seem to have a minute to breathe with so much going on! From writing down the calls from the comment line to reporting on a speech by the Lieutenant Governor, I have been able to learn something new from each experience I have had while at the Ledger Independent.  

One of my favorite assignments was getting to talk with a local physics professor about the upcoming solar eclipse. He was able to give me a prediction on when the eclipse could be visible in town and how to safely view it. I really enjoyed speaking with him and writing on this topic because we both shared a passion for learning about space and the stars. I also really enjoyed assignments where I got to get out of the newsroom and explore the area of Maysville. It was a great way for me to get the chance to talk to local residents and hear their stories. 

This hands on internship has given me more than I could have ever imagined. I have gained so much more confidence in myself and my writing abilities. While I have been able to improve my writing skills, I think that the most valuable thing I have received from this internship were the opportunities to go outside of my comfort zone and talk to people that I normally would not. I have learned so much just from talking to other people and hearing what they have to say. I would recommend an internship like this one to anyone who loves writing and is not exactly sure what they want to do with this passion just yet. This is a great way to explore different careers in writing and it is a great way to learn about a style of writing outside of academic writing. 

As my time in Maysville draws to a close, I would like to give a huge thank you to everyone at the Ledger Independent who I have had the privilege of working with this summer. Thank you for being kind and patient with me and for teaching me so much. I would also like to thank the Kentucky Press Association for giving me this opportunity. I have had such a wonderful experience writing for this newspaper and I am going to miss being in the newsroom every day!

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