Christina Howerton
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green Daily News

This summer was my first internship. I’ve spent it writing general assignment stories for the Bowling Green Daily News. My stories have ranged from writing about unique go-carts made by hot rod lovers at the national hot rod reunion to local bands making it big to bikers honoring families of fallen veterans. I’ve loved every assignment.

Before my internship, I wrote for the newspaper at Western Kentucky University for three years. I mostly wrote news stories about the state and university administrations. I was bored, but I couldn’t figure out why. I thought, “Didn’t I love this a year or so ago?” And I began to doubt my career choice.

But after this summer, I’ve realized that I was limiting myself through my writing style. I had gotten into the habit of writing every story in the same, boring news format with no action leads, no dialogue and very little description, just a lede and a nutgraf followed by paragraphs beginning or ending in he or she said.

My assignments this summer have thrown me back into the world of features, and I’ve figured out ways to use feature writing techniques, such as dialogue, in any story instead of just features so that all of my stories will be more interesting for readers during this time when it’s difficult to get people to pick up newspapers.

Even though I’ve tried to find ways to make straight news more interesting to read about, I’ve learned this summer that I don’t actually want to be just a straight news reporter, as I’d thought, and been told, I was since starting journalism school at Western. My internship has refreshed my love for journalism by showing me what it can be like to write stories that people want to read.