If your student is anything like I was when I was in school, they are beginning to look forward to their oncoming summer break. Days of sitting around, doing next to nothing, staying up late, and in general loving life.
However, these days things tend to be more competitive for kids. Everyone needs to obtain that extra advantage that will help them receive a certain scholarship, be accepted into a certain school, or land a certain job. So more often than not, kids are even busier in the summer because they don’t have pesky old school to keep them tied up seven hours a day.
Well, if your student has an interest in media and/or journalism, do I have a suggestion for you.
The O’Fallon Weekly is looking for two interns to work through the summer, until the 2016-17 school year begins. We are looking for students who have a strong interest in what we do and want to learn more about it.
Preferably the first intern would begin sometime in April. I realize that is a bit early but we’ll take it easy on him or her until summer officially begins and they have more free time.
The second position will become available in mid to late May when school is letting out.
Interns will learn about writing and reporting the news, photography, digital media, print production, and more. It’s a great opportunity for a student that is interested in media to really dive in and encounter all aspects of what it takes to run a community newspaper in 2016.
Applications should consist of a resume, highlighting any relevant experience the student may already have. Did your student participate in yearbook, the newspaper club, or the broadcasting club? All are very relevant items to highlight. Also, please include a letter of reference from a teacher or advisor that touches on why you would be a good intern for the O’Fallon Weekly. Applications can be mailed to The O’Fallon Weekly at PO Box 662, O’Fallon, IL 62269.
I’m a big believer in working with students that are interested in journalism. Since we launched the O’Fallon Weekly I’ve tried to find ways to bring in young people to help, giving them the opportunity to have their stories and photos published so they can build a portfolio and gain real world experience. I hope if you have a student interested in journalism, you would encourage them to apply.
And now, because I have a couple of people ask me about it each week, here’s the latest update on our quest to find a name for our rapidly arriving baby. Previously I’d mentioned how because we a.) don’t know the gender and b.) can’t think of good names, we’ve begun calling the baby Grakathor. That name has worn off. We’ve since begun just calling him/her Godzilla. The quest continues…