Kayla Swanson

kayla w-TroutmanWestern Kentucky University
Pioneer News

During my time at the Pioneer News this summer, I’ve done a lot. From covering fiscal court meetings, to responding to car accidents and going to the Bullitt County Fair for the first time, I’ve seen just about every corner of my home county one could want to see and then some.

Everything I’ve experienced has helped me grow as a journalist. The fair became a playground for me to test my photojournalism skills. Fiscal court meetings helped me turn what could be a boring meeting story into one worth reading about a controversial issue in the county. Car accidents gave me the opportunity to learn how to talk with law enforcement officials to get what I need to write a story.

The focus of my internship was mainly writing, with opportunities to write features and news stories. I also had assignments that involved taking pictures at various events in the community as well.

The staff at the Pioneer News has provided me with a lot of journalism knowledge and I’ve learned a lot from them this summer too. I worked closely with two other reporters, Stephen and Mary, and the editor, Tom. Each of them has their own take on journalism and what it takes to be in the business and I’ve been able to learn the ins and outs of community journalism from them.

After an entire summer of being submerged in the world of all things newspapers, I must confess I’m not 100 percent sure if that’s where I’ll end up after my final two years at WKU. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a passion for journalism, but I want to explore other options in this field as well. This internship has given me a better idea of what I want to do after college and what skills I need to improve to get to where I want to be.

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