Newspapers

……………………………………………..THE READING EAGLE………………………………………..

My hometown paper, the Reading Eagle, welcomed me back to Reading, Pa. , for a summer internship filled with reporting and reconnecting. For 10 weeks, I reported on any and all types of stories, from precious parking spaces to Santa Claus visiting Berks County in the middle of July. I also got to rediscover my hometown and find out what made it so unique and lovable. For a personal account of Summer 2016, check out a story I did for WVU’s Reed College of Media blog here.

Below are a few of the over 40 stories.

Belt Sander Competition – People rode industrial-sized belt sanders as a fundraiser. Hysterical to watch and even more fun to report on, this was my favorite story of the entire internship.

“How to Get Girls” Part 1 and Part 2 – Glass Entertainment Group shot probably the next hit comedy at a high school in the area – what a blast to cover!

Goodwill Careers Start Here – Goodwill created a class for employees that wanted to further their education and careers, even if it wasn’t within management of their company. It helped shine a light into the lives of those who just needed a helping hand.

Hex Sign Painting – The Kutztown Folk Festival, a 9-day celebration of PA Dutch culture, had its 67th annual stint in Kutztown, Pa. This year was the first they painted hex signs on a 14-foot barn in the middle of the festival.

WWII Weekend – World War II Weekend happens every year in Berks County, but it was my first year attending. I found a nice group of fellows who love to meet up once a year at their favorite event of the year.

I wrote columns for the “Life” section as well called “My 2 Cents.” I wrote about a new nickname, The Popemobile of Berks County and a few memorable birthday celebrations.

…………………………………………..THE DAILY ATHENAEUM………………………………………

WVU’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, was ranked Number 14 by the Princeton Review for college newspapers, and I wrote for the Arts & Entertainment section of this paper from Aug. 2014 to Jan. 2016. Below are a few clips.

ASF Lead Tree Walk – The foresters did not leaf one tree unnamed.

Discover Life in WV preview – This combination of news and outdoors was a perfect blend of previewing a fun event. Since I actually went, read about my experience here.

WVU Core Arboretum Bird Walk – My 6 a.m. wake-up call was the song of an Eastern Towhee.

Tent City 2.0 – Tent City returned to WVU’s campus the week of Homecoming, but this year, it became charitable.

Riviera – The up-and-coming band got the chance to perform at Warped Tour.

“Happy Mistakes” CD Review by Heffron Drive – Kendall Schmidt, one of the members, actually shared this review. It got over 7,000 likes on Facebook.

Taxation Without Representation – If I can’t vote, why do I pay taxes? Written as 17-year-old Jillian.

…………………………………………………….VOICES…………………………………………………..

Voices, the largest teen publication in the nation, is a weekly insert in the Reading Eagle. I wrote for the section for all four years of high school. During my senior year, I was one of two interns working in the newsrooms, and my duties became more than just writing. I set up photos, thought of story and theme ideas and performed the Hot Question, interviewing 10 random teens a week in the area. Below are a few out of the 103 clips.

My First Turkey – “We had the perfect spot; I just needed to shoot the perfect shot.” I wrote about an incredible hunting adventure of my youth: successfully harvesting my first turkey.

Birding in Berks – A starting guide for the amateur bird nerd.

Puns – As most nerds, I love puns. I got the chance to go public about it.

“Call Your Parents” – As children fly from their parents nests, my siblings gave great reminders to keep in touch with their roots.

Berks County vs. New York City & Poppin’ Tags Experiment – Two collaborative pieces with intern and friend Alex Potcovaru. It was fun to work with another incredible mind that headed off to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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