Colchester native Emily Davis has been interning for The Essex Reporter and The Colchester Sun throughout the summer. As she nears her final days with us and prepares to head back to Colby Sawyer College for her senior year, she took a few moments to reflect on her internship:
While working on my stories, I was tested to create pieces that blended personal commentary and actual fact. The excitement of hearing the viewpoints of locals during interviews made the writing that much sweeter and gave me the courage to go up to people and ask questions without holding back.
With the constant reminder of AP style format in my mind, it was nice to know that writing included more than just the rulebook; it included the experience. Going out to interview people for my stories took many turns I wasn’t expecting, like being able to hold and play with baby goats on a rainy wet day at a farm or breaking a moderate sweat during a pickleball game in 85-degree weather.
From getting close in people’s faces on a pickleball court to taking landscape shots of swimmers in Lake Champlain, I’ve also had a chance to improve my photography skills as an intern. Photography is not only something I love, but something I love to work on; different angles for specific shots called for me to put myself out there without worrying about what other’s would think.
Taking all the skills I learned and pushing them to new levels is what I enjoyed most about my internship. Writing is something I am passionate about, but being able to communicate apart from text is important to be successful and I’m glad this experience has encouraged me to be open and confident with many new faces.