Watching the inner workings of the newsroom helped my reporting

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In the spring of 2019, I emailed The Daily Herald’s local news editor Eric Stevick regularly, probably excessively, asking about internship opportunities in the Herald’s newsroom.

As a local kid, born and raised in Everett, the newspaper was the primary source for all things Snohomish County. Growing up, my parents took the parts of the paper I deemed boring and I slipped away with the sports section, cartoons and the ads for Toys R Us.

After stumbling upon journalism during my freshman year at Gonzaga University in Spokane, I was quickly obsessed. The value of the work was easy to recognize and the pride of seeing your name in print for the first time is a high I continue to chase.

I followed that feeling for three years working at my college’s newspaper. In the summers, I interned covering Mukilteo, Edmonds and Mill Creek for Beacon Publishing, then at the Herald in the summer of 2019. Whether it was the top brass giving in to my incessant emails or a stroke of good luck courtesy of my colleague Joey Thompson, a fellow Zag, who interned the summer before and impressed with his performance, the Herald gave me an eight-week shot as its newsroom intern.

For two months, I sat in the heart of it all. Sure, I wrote stories, but more than anything I watched the inner workings of the newsroom as it buzzed around me.

Like a fan with courtside seats, I looked on as Julie Muhlstein and Andrea Brown churned out columns that are synonymous with the Herald. I eavesdropped on the interviewing tactics of Stephanie Davey and Julia-Grace Sanders, and marveled at the dogged reporting of the Herald’s crime reporters, Caleb Hutton and Zachariah Bryan.

With my desk less than five feet from Eric Stevick’s, I listened as he fielded inquiries to the newsroom with the utmost interest and respect, no matter what chaos was brewing around him. In a snap, the summer was over and I went back for my final year of college, but, simply put, the newspaper had left its mark.

A year later, with an assist from Report for America, a national service program placing journalists in the field to report on under-covered issues, I am back reporting for the Herald. The newsroom is shuttered and we are primarily working from home, but that hasn’t changed much. There are still important stories to be told in our community and the Herald’s staff hasn’t hesitated to ensure readers have the news they need to know.

It is with great pride and excitement that I saunter to my work-from-home desk each morning to play my part in continuing the Herald’s great legacy of ethical, honest journalism.


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