When you’re a college journalism student the importance of gaining work experience is constantly drilled into you.
So, in my search to find a way to get the real world experience employers are demanding from college graduates, but that would be cost effective I had the genius idea of interning for the newspaper I grew up reading, The Bryan County News.
The folks and the paper were kind enough to take me on, and here I am.
I am a rising junior in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and I graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 2012.
As a journalist I am most drawn to photojournalism, but I have also been developing my writing skills as well.
I love photojournalism because photographs can invoke feelings from people around the world, regardless of their background. To me it is the documentation of the raw emotion in the world, and that is a powerful thing and I am lucky enough to be a part of it.
I have also realized that if I want to be a successful journalist in today’s world of an ever-changing media, where journalists are expected to wear a bunch of different hats in the newsroom, I should probably develop my writing skills as well as my photojournalism.
I have come to enjoy writing as I have learned more about it.
Working for the paper has enabled me to improve my skills while learning from professionals in the field about the ins-and-outs of the profession.
It ha also solidified my love of journalism. When I first decided to intern I was worried I would come to find out I hate it, but I have realized the exact opposite. I love journalism because to me, it’s telling the world’s story, and I’m fortunate to be one of the people who have the responsibility of telling the story of Bryan County.