Marianne Hale
Western Kentucky University
The News Enterprise

In six weeks of interning at The News-Enterprise, I’ve created a masterpiece of press releases, notes, newspapers and open records requests. I call it “The Intern’s Desk,” and unfortunately, when my internship ends, I’ll have to leave it behind.

But it gets worse. I have to also leave Hardin County, where I spent the summer learning and living community journalism.  

I learned how to serve a community through my reporting, writing and - drum roll, please - photography.

As a reporter for Western Kentucky University’s College Heights Herald, I haven’t had to delve into the pits of photojournalism. The Herald staff has at least a dozen photographers to handle the paper’s photo needs.

But I had to shoot some of my own photos at the News-Enterprise. I got my first photo lesson from a News-Enterprise reporter.

He played my subject as I held my imaginary camera, trying to find a nice frame of him in the newsroom.

I used the lesson later that day when I shot a portrait.

But I got more than a photo lesson this summer.

The News-Enterprise gave me a chance to get comfy with feature writing. My experience prior to this internship consisted of mostly news reporting and writing. The internship gave me an opportunity to tell the stories of Hardin Countians, stories I think rank among my strongest clips from this summer.

Also, I got to cover a fair, a resignation, the renovation of an old schoolhouse and at least a dozen other things that I know have made me a better, more well-rounded reporter and writer.

So, when I say goodbye to my masterpiece of paper, I’ll be prepared to make another one at some other desk, in some other newsroom, while remembering what I learned at “The Intern’s Desk.”