Megan Locke
Murray State University
Madisonville Messenger

Four hundred hours, 10 weekly staff meetings, and one newsroom later, I can honestly say I had one of the most informative summers of my life.

In my second summer as a Kentucky Press Association intern, I worked about five minutes from my house at The Messenger in Madisonville.

With this internship, I saw the fast-paced world of life at a daily newspaper. I interviewed World War II veterans, pastors, mayors, men, women, firefighters and a variety of “everyday people” for five stories in the paper’s annual “Progress” edition.

In my previous internship at the weekly Dawson Springs Progress, I sampled a variety of newsroom activities, from reporting to editing and page design. Due to the design of The Messenger’s newsroom, my internship was very writing intensive. I crafted a front page story almost daily under the watchful eyes of Editor Tom Clinton and lead reporter Don Perryman. I learned to polish my writing in a way I never had before and identified recurring problems that needed to be addressed.

As a May 2009 graduate of Murray State University, I am facing an uncertain job market with slim prospects in many ways. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this internship, it is that I will continue to love and enjoy writing no matter where life takes me. In addition, I am more reassured than ever of the goodness of people. I have met so many community members striving to make the world a better place.

Now more than ever, I am a firm believer that Madisonville truly is “The Best Town on Earth.” The Messenger is certainly a part of this winning formula, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such talented individuals.