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Amanda Goff
University of Kentucky
Appalachian News Express

When you’re thrown head first into something, you have about two choices: sink or swim.

Even though I have always loved writing, this internship is my first real experience with journalism.
I thought that I would just shadow some of the writers and maybe get to write a little eventually. Nope. The editor had me writing features within the first week.

I never imagined that my first task as an intern would be to interview a rising country star. Why would they trust me with something like that? It was only a phone interview, but you can only imagine how nervous I was. I put it off as long as possible, but in the end it turned out to be a decent piece with some help.

That was just the beginning of my experiences at the News-Express that I wouldn’t have dreamed would happen.

Since then, I have taken photographs at a big concert, gone to a fainting goat farm, rode an air boat in the city’s pond and drove around a golf course and photographed a tournament for a day all in the name of news.

Out of all my friends who are working this summer, I truly believe that I have the most rewarding job. Since I’m in my hometown, I’ve gotten to meet a diverse group of people that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to otherwise. Not only have I become a better writer, I have learned a lot about what goes on here with politics (mayors like to punch newspaper editors in the face), health care (a lot of doctors like to write unnecessary prescriptions), the controversies of mountain top removal (people in Eastern Kentucky aren’t too fond of Ashley Judd), etc.

This doesn’t even scratch the surface of what I now know about journalism and what goes on in my hometown. I am very glad to have had the unique experience of interning at home. My new knowledge has already helped me grow as a person, and hopefully it will help shape my future career too.