Jodi Camp

Jodi CampTodd County Standard
Western Kentucky University

This summer I interned at the Todd County Standard in Elkton, Kentucky for about 12 weeks. When I started I didn’t know what to expect, this being my first internship.

This is the first year the Standard has hired a photojournalism intern, normally they would hire journalism interns but they decided with so many events going on in the summer having someone who can show their readers what happened would be better than trying to explain it in words.

Throughout the internship I have photographed many local and county events, funerals and car accidents. I have talked to many different types of people from goat milk soap makers to retired veterans to tobacco farmers.

This summer I worked on a few picture stories, as well as, several separate photo and writing assignments.

My photography stories were the process of tobacco harvesting, goat milk soap, and a bookmobile that travels Todd County getting books to people who can’t make it to the library. The events I just took pictures of were things like relay for life, the 400 mile yard sale, the 4th of July, Jefferson Davis Day, and several others.

Since I’m not a writer the owner and editor gave me the easy things to write like the city council meetings in Trenton, Elkton, and Guthrie, along with the written stories that paired with the photo stories.

From my experience working for the Todd County Standard I feel like I’ve gotten better at writing and I’ve gotten better at talking to people to find out information that I need for a story. Before this internship I was really shy and didn’t talk unless I need to. While doing this internship I realized I need to talk more.

I also feel like I know better where I need to improve with my photography. They just reiterated what was told to me by my teachers last year. I hope I improved in my photo taking skills even if it just a little.

I had a really great time interning for the Standard, it was an experience I am glad I didn’t miss. I learned a lot about how a newspaper works and the time it takes to get a paper out. Everyone at the Todd County Standard was wonderful and very patient while I learned.

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