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Internship at New Jersey newspaper comes full circle for sophomore scholar

By Emily Masters

Ironically, it was the very first newsroom I ever walked into.

I was in the 11th grade, headed upstairs to a conference room for a workshop for high school students. Traffic had been bad, and I was supposed to be rushing, but I stopped just a moment to take it in. Even though it was late evening and most reporters were packing up their bags, I got a rush of adrenaline just standing there, in the middle of the first professional newsroom I ever saw in person.

It was the newsroom of The Record, the largest newspaper owned by North Jersey Media Group and the daily with the second largest circulation in New Jersey. It was the newsroom of the paper I had grown up reading. It is the newsroom I will be working in this summer.

I was thrilled to accept a position at The Record this March through the New Jersey Press Foundation summer newspaper internship program. For eight weeks this summer, I will be working at the news assignment desk in their Woodland Park, New Jersey office.

It will be my first time working a job five days a week — a time commitment I am excited to take on. The internship will afford me the opportunity to shadow reporters and editors on a daily basis. I’ll work in a large newsroom for the first time. And I will also get the chance to go out on assignment independently in towns across North Jersey and work on my own reports.

I look forward to learning new skills from veteran journalists while also honing talents I have already found through my studies and other internship experiences. I am thrilled to spend a summer focused on my career and my passion for journalism.

I am also excited to rejoin North Jersey Media Group. In high school, I began as a freelance education beat reporter for one of the group’s smallest papers — where an amazing editor took a chance on a 17-year-old kid with a dream. At that local weekly newspaper, I saw my name in a professional byline for the first time.

Come to think of it, NJMG has represented many firsts for me in the journalism industry. This thought makes me even more excited to begin my internship!



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