Paige Taylor

University of Kentucky
Grant County News

When I got the phone call telling me that I would be spending 10 weeks as a reporter with the Grant County News, I was overwhelmed with joy. Not only was I going to be able to experience life as a journalist, I would be traveling back to my hometown.

The Grant County News, a weekly, has taught me a lot about what it’s like to be a reporter and work for a newspaper. When I envisioned what it would be like to have an internship I had a Hollywood mindset and thought I would be running for coffee in the mornings for the other staff reporters. Nope. In fact, I was out there shooting pictures, interviewing the community and hunting for news and I found out that I love doing it and would like to continue to.

The importance of a community newspaper, like this one, is exceptional. I have found that people need this newspaper for so many different reasons and it filled my heart to know and understand that newspapers aren’t dying. In my opinion, a community newspaper makes up the backbone of a society and it is certainly the backbone of Grant County.

The lessons that I have learned here will play a role in my future as a journalist. I now have a firm understanding about deadlines, especially for a weekly. Deadlines are crucial because the community needs their news as soon as possible. I also learned how to properly utilize InDesign, Photoshop and other outlets in order to construct a newspaper; something I didn’t know how to do when I started here.

During the past ten weeks I have seen my photography skills grow and blossom and now I feel confident about my abilities. I owe a lot of my journalistic growth to the staff at the Grant County News because they have taken the time to sit down with me and teach me everything that I need to know. I am now proud of my writing, interviewing and editing skills.

One of the primary perks of the job is that I have been recognized more and more in my hometown community. Wherever I seem to go in town people approach me and refer to me as “that girl from the paper.” They typically end up telling me some of their ideas for the newspaper or sometimes just stories about their lives. I feel so cheerful when perfect strangers approach me as a friend. I am proud to say that this community embraced me and trusted me this summer and I have felt more a part of my hometown than ever before.

After an experience like this, I can’t wait to see what will happen next. 

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