As we roll into fall, I wanted to take a look back and talk about some of my favorite stories from my summer internship with the Boulder Weekly. My overall experience was wonderful and the entire staff was nothing but supportive and willing to work with me throughout the entire process of a story pitch to print. Here are my top three favorite clips and why:
3. A date with the Dessert Diva
I usually hate profiles. It’s impossible for a journalist, on deadline, to sit down with someone and learn everything that has made them who they are in two hours. But what I’ve learned from focusing on one of the Boulder Weekly’s quirky contributing writers is that you can really focus in on one aspect of someone’s life and take the approach of how that one role has shaped who they are now. This profile ended up allowing me to learn how to work smart on deadline while writing a profile and be clear and concise while trying to describe how a person has become who they are. Plus the free waffles weren’t bad either!
2. Summer of our discontent
This story taught me a huge lesson about real-world newsrooms: Take your own initiative. It’s hard when you’re an intern and it can seem like you are often waiting for stories to be passed along to you, but it’s important to be searching around town and through press releases for your own story ideas. This story idea came from a general press release about unemployment rates and I followed it up with some research. I pitched the story idea on my off week to my editor for the website and he passed it up the totem poll. The EIC liked it so much that she made it the cover story, and all because I took it upon myself to write something small for the website. Best lesson I’ve learned.
1. Pick Your Team
This story, which ran in the print back-to-school edition, was a lot of fun for me to write, particularly because I’ve always had a curiosity about the club sports world on campus and I found it to be one of the most informative stories I’d write all summer. The truth is, these 1,400 athletes are often overlooked and they have achieved some great things. The coaches and athletes I spoke with were beyond helpful when supplying me with information and it was nice to know that they felt the love about being featured. This was by far the story that felt the most personable for me.
Check out all my clips from the Boulder Weekly here.