Persistence to make the contact pays off for Adair County Community Voice in getting its intern

Falling in Love with Journalism

Abigail Smoot, Adair County Community Voice, Oklahoma State University

Abigail Smoot

During the midst of COVID-19 and having to re-acclimate to being back in Kentucky, I received a call from an unknown number.  Due to getting so many sales calls, I didn’t answer. A few days later, I received a text from Sharon Burton, owner and publisher at Adair County Community Voice, the local newspaper for Columbia and surrounding counties.

I had just moved home from Oklahoma State University where I am majoring in Agricultural Communications.

All employees had just come back to the office from having to stay home due to COVID-19. But that didn’t stop them from being so welcoming and made sure I felt right at home. For me, this summer internship and working at Farmland Publication, Inc. was a challenge and a rewarding opportunity!

Starting an internship during a worldwide pandemic was very different but throughout the summer I fell in love with writing and covering various news topics. It has now become a new passion for me. There is just something about being able to contribute back to local communities and spread awareness on a variety of topics.

Along with falling in love of writing news articles, I was able to learn the ‘in and outs’ of marketing and sales. This was an endeavor I have always wanted to achieve and learn more about.

I am forever grateful that I took the opportunity to work at the Community Voice and Farmland Publications, Inc. This experience has truly helped me grow and learn more about communication and journalism. My time in the office has been beyond what I thought it would be.

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