Interning for the Sampson Independent was a fun and amazing experience that I will never forget. At first, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into because I’d never written for any newspaper. On top of that, I never really liked the idea of having a lot of people reading my work. However, due to my experience it showed me how encouraging it is to have different views and opinions on the articles and columns I write. The experience I had consisted of constructive criticism, a great teacher, and a new opinion of working for a newspaper.
On my first day, I was sent out to do my first two stories and when I got out in the field, I couldn’t tell if I was sweating because I was nervous or because it was almost 100 degrees and rising outside. One of the things that I learned was how to conduct interviews so my writing was solid and how to add “color” to a feature story, which is being able capture the audience’s attention and make them feel like they are actually in that moment.
I wanted to do this internship because I wanted to explore my concentration of Mass Communication. At first the only thing that I really wanted to do was make films/documentaries or even broadcasting but that has possibly changed since working at The Sampson Independent. Now, I can also see myself writing for a newspaper or, even further, doing an internship for a magazine.
When arriving I really didn’t know what to expect because I had never stepped foot into a newspaper building. The closest thing I got to one was in the movies and that was the only representation of what I thought I was getting myself into. Fortunately, the hustle and bustle of frantic people running around wasn’t what I had to experience. When I walked through those doors, it was peaceful and calm without anyone running around waving papers and yelling. As soon as I walked through the door, people were already being friendly and soon began encouraging my writing.
If anyone is thinking about going into journalism or wants to gain some experience with writing for any publication, I highly recommend doing an internship at a local newspaper or somewhere that will allow you to improve your writing.
Internships are very helpful and useful, especially later on in life! During the summer, if you don’t really have anything to do and want to have new experiences, try doing an internship. I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time, and I’ve improved my writing since I started!
I’m so glad and grateful that I had the opportunity to do an internship at the Sampson Independent.