My Internship at the Arkansas Times

Well, here we are in the third week of my internship. I has been an experience to say the least. Between running all over the city to get photos from Brian (the head photog) down at the courthouse to the blog, and brainstorming ideas for potential stories, I’m getting a lot out of this internship already!

We are an Alt Weekly (like NUVO in Indy), and we like to describe ourselves as “A blue paper in a very RED state”. We’re the liberal voice and consequently some people absolutely love us and what we do and others hate us. But that’s the name of the game here.  We go to press on Tuesday and the paper goes out on Thursday. Every week I find it so exciting to look at the issue and see my photos printed in an actual publication! Perhaps the newness of this will fade and it’ll just be like any other photo, but for now it’s really exciting.

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I’m covering everything from drag shows at a bar that’s closing, to a vote on health care. Some days are more exciting than others but that’s how it goes. I’ve been complimented several times not only for my photos but also for my captions. Looks like the journalism department has a lot to be proud of. “No one writes great captions like these” I’ve heard. “Not even the head photographer writes them like this.” So that’s very encouraging and tells a lot about our photojournalism program at Ball State.

One of the coolest moments was when I wrote a blog about my experiences in Sochi.

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It got amazing reception and I even made some friends from it. People loved it and shared it all over Facebook and Twitter.

All in all, so far this has been a great experience! I have only seven and a half weeks left here and I’m on to graduation. It seems like forever away but in the grand scheme of things it’s actually very close!