This was my last week at Lifestyles before I go back to college in Lethbridge, and this summer has been a great experience, especially in the two last weeks.
It has been an eye opener of how the industry works and the hands-on experience has really helped me become a better journalist/reporter.
In my first year at school, I learned how everything works, and then in the second year, it is more writing for a newspaper. This summer gave me that experience on what I can expect in the second year and all of the aspects of putting out a paper each week, whether it’s writing stories, or being involved in the layout process, it all will help me with the upcoming semester.
My favourite event that I liked covering this summer was the Dakota Modified Tour race at the Estevan Motor Speedway. I do like covering a regular program at the speedway, but the tour night was the most fun because it offered a lot of good photo opportunities and great racing.
The program that I’m taking at Lethbridge is communication arts and this summer I did improve on my communication skills. With every story there is usually someone you have to talk to, and with each week I have improve my questions, getting to the point, speaking clearly and not tripping up on my words.
Also covering the same team each week, like the local ball or the lacrosse teams, has helped me because it is the same person that I interviewed each week.
Also this community has been great for me as I'm learning, and when I did make those little mistakes, the people here didn’t give me a hard time I would probably get in a bigger city.
What I’ve really enjoyed this summer was taking photos each week, and my photography skills have improved a lot because of that. Whether it was taking photos of sports or community events, all those photo opportunities were fun to attend.
Also, with Estevan being a smaller community, a lot of people knew what I was doing when I was taking their photos and I didn’t really get confused looks or any flack from people.
I have enjoyed my time at the Lifestyles publications. It was great learning experience as I pursue this industry in school and in the future.