Joshua Moore
Western Kentucky University
Shelbyville Sentinel News

Six hours of baby pageants, with camera in hand, trying to get the youngsters to look at me all at once.

Getting hung up on repeatedly by the company that owns a local hotel.

Cultivating relationships with employees at said hotel to find out what's really going on.

While I've only been at The Sentinel-News for five weeks of my ten-week internship so far, I could go on and on about the experiences that have taught me so much.

I've heard several stories about newspapers using their interns for "slave labor," and honestly, after that first week with the fair and baby pageants, I was almost ready to believe it.

I was OK with it, mind you; I don't mind hard work. But what I got was much better.

I've always had trouble figuring out where I fit in best — because I like a little bit of everything. Little did I know, you can (and need to) do everything.

There's no typical day for reporters, but any day at The Sentinel-News saw me shooting and editing pictures, writing news and features stories, designing the front page and editing copy. And all that had to be done in time for me to go cover the Board of Education meeting and interview former Gov. Martha Layne Collins.

Each member of the talented staff at The Sentinel-News has taught me so much, on purpose and by action.

I've learned to have confidence in myself and in what I've learned at Western Kentucky University.

And above all, I've seen first hand what I've known in theory for a long time: journalism is truly a noble calling. It's not about us, it's about the community we serve. I'm not sure what America would be like without strong community journalism like what my colleagues at The Sentinel-News do every day.