Although I’m all graduated, The Echo will always be an important part of my life. Working there put the crazy idea into my head that writing about people was something I love and would want to do for a long time. I also loved the fools I worked with, shared computers with and was holed up in a windowless basement with until the wee hours of the morning every week. The kids I was in class with, who I ate lunch with and with whom I created some of my fondest college memories.
I’m very proud to say that a number of my friends from the Echo are very much involved in journalism this summer: Chris Kasprak is blowing up all over the front pages of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Rob Yee is providing great sports commentary and spreading the gospel of David Foster Wallace on Bleacher Report, and Sarah Lyon is working in Baltimore and getting some serious writing in.
In addition, the Goldfarb Center has been good enough to be concerned with journalism and news literacy, supporting the Lovejoy Visiting Journalist program and providing competitive grants for those students who want to pursue journalism, most often as unpaid interns.
Former Editor in Chief Beth Ponsot was awarded a Lovejoy Grant last year, as was Courtney Yeager, who will be co-Editor in Chief this upcoming year.
This year, I was lucky enough along with my good friends and Echo colleagues Dash Wasserman and Allie Ehrenreich (who will be co-Editor in Chief with Courtney this upcoming year) to be awarded the Lovejoy Grant.
As part of the program, we have to make blog entries about what we’ve learned about journalism, the news industry etc from our internships.
I have been lucky enough to work at Maine Magazine as an editorial intern this summer.
Follow this link to read about Dash and Allie’s adventures in the world of radio journalism and my life in print journalism.