Rebecca Walter

Rebecca WalterMurray State University

Times Leader

There are few experiences more gratifying than those that show your purpose in life. During my experience through the Kentucky Press Association and The Times Leader, I am confident I am on the right path to doing something I love and that something is journalism.

Although I had a daily hour commute, there wasn’t a time I didn’t look forward to going to work every morning. My boss, co-workers and the town of Princeton made me feel at home this summer. They welcomed me into The Times Leader family and the City of Princeton and made me feel like I belonged. There wasn’t a person I met around town who hadn’t seen my name in the paper and wasn’t happy to meet me. For those who feel newspapers are dying out, they need to visit a small town. I could tell the impact the paper had on the town and saw first hand the hardworking and compassionate reporters who cared about the audience they were speaking to and the news they were providing. I was honored to be apart of a process with such journalistic integrity.

The assignments I covered ranged from community news to sports to election coverage. During this summer I got to do something I love and that is speak with people and write their stories. I was able to become more confident in myself as a writer, photographer and professional journalist.

The experience and teachings I gained through my internship went above and beyond what could ever be done in the classroom. I was able to do the job I had been learning about and find out if I had what it takes. Through hands-on experience and training, I can now say I believe I have what it takes to do this job and do it well, which is something I wouldn’t have been able to find in the classroom.

I would like to thank the Kentucky Press Association, The Times Leader and the City of Princeton. My summer would not have been nearly as amazing if I didn’t have the opportunity to work at such as wonderful paper with such talented people in a friendly town. Thank you for giving me the skills to be a journalist and to be successful. This experience is one I will forever be grateful for.

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