This summer has gone by pretty fast, and it has been another great learning experience at this publication.
I had the opportunity to cover stories that I’m interested in, which include sports, along with some other stories, such as human interest.
One of my favorite stories that I had the opportunity to cover was when Clara Hughes was in Carlyle for Clara's Big Ride – her mental health awareness bicycle tour across the country.
Hughes is a renowned athlete and a six-time Olympic medalist, so it was neat to talk to someone with that kind of pedigree.
What she did was inspirational, and even though I didn’t talk to her for that long it was interesting to hear what she thought of her journey and what she experienced up to that point.
I have also learned the editor's side of the industry. When Lifestyles editor David Willberg went on vacation, I had to accomplish other tasks besides writing.
Working for Lifestyles during the summer months has been a great learning experience if I want to continue to work in the weekly newspaper industry.
This summer was similar to last year for the types of events that I covered, like baseball, lacrosse, softball, etc., but I also wrote some human interest stories, and the community focus type of stories.
One of the stories that I enjoyed writing was a feature on Lampman stock car racer Riley Raynard, and how he got involved with the sport while living with muscular dystrophy.
I’ve always enjoyed writing about the speedway, and have watched Riley develop into one of the top hobby stock drivers at the track.
So that story was interesting to write, because even though it was about sport, he told his journey on how he got into racing, and how he loves the sport.
I don’t write those types of stories that often, and I enjoy writing them. It’s interesting to listen to someone’s story, and how it relates to the topic that I’m writing about.
I also enjoy the photography side of journalism, and along with my writing skills, my camera abilities have improved as well this summer. With every story I cover in the community, there is usually a photo to go along with it, and knowing how to use a camera is important in the weekly newspaper industry.
Working for Lifestyles this summer will be help as I finish my studies at Lethbridge College.