O’Fallon Weekly introduces summer interns Terry Chapman and Sam Scinta

As part of its commitment to promoting journalism and giving young writers the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience, the O’Fallon Weekly is proud to welcome its first two interns for the summer of 2016.

Chapman   Terry Chapman moved to the Metro-East last August and is eager to use this summer internship as a way to get to know the area and its residents better.

“I am native of the great state of New York, who has only recently relocated to the Metro-East. I am a graduate of Massena Central High School in Massena, NY, and I am also about to enter my junior year of college. I previously studied at SUNY Potsdam, majoring in Speech Communications. I’m very musically inclined, and I’m very excited to live so close to St. Louis, where different shows, sporting events, and concerts are now right in my backyard. I originally worked as a teacher’s aide in a special education, as well as a server at a couple of restaurants,” said Terry.

Terry, who recently completed several credit hours at Southwestern Illinois College, plans on continuing his education in the fall but is still deciding what university he wishes to attend. Terry said he’s looking forward to his time with the Weekly this summer.

“I am eager to meet with and write about the members of this community. My goal with this experience is to learn more about the profession, and to further develop myself as a writer. I look forward to this experience,” said Terry.

Scinta   Sam Scinta is a resident of O’Fallon, a 2013 graduate of O’Fallon Township High School, and a four-year member of the Marching Panthers. He is currently attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence as part of their journalism program to one day become a sports writer.

For the Weekly, Sam will be covering a variety of events around town, including some sports and some Parks and Recreation Department activities.

“This is my first experience working at a newspaper and I could not be more excited about the chance to cover events around my community. I would love to receive your feedback about my stories, as well as ideas for future works. Feel free to say hi if you see me at an event or around town, or shoot me an email at samscintajr@gmail.com,” said Sam.

Terry and Sam are only the first interns the O’Fallon Weekly will take on this summer as there was such a positive response to the newspaper’s call for summer help.

“When we first announced that summer internships were available, I never imagined I’d have so many talented young people reaching out and asking to share their gifts with both the paper and the community,” said O’Fallon Weekly Editor Nick Miller. “Terry and Sam are only the first interns we will be announcing. Once a few other commitments clear out of the way for them, more students will be joining us.”

Miller said he’s thrilled to see such enthusiasm in younger individuals for working at a newspaper.

“One of the myths that has somehow taken root in our society is that young people don’t care about newspapers. I never believed that to be true and the response we received to our call for summer interns proves it. There are still young people that care about journalism and are looking for an outlet to publish their work. I’m thrilled to be able to provide that for them,” said Miller.