It's spring and at The Hamilton Spectator that means paid summer jobs for reporting interns. Few things (aside from breaking news and good stories) cause as much excitement in the newsroom as the arrival of the interns. Who are they? What's their background? How will they measure up to interns the year before?
Interning is an opportunity for young journalists to take their journalism to the next level, work in a daily newspaper environment and get practical experience. It also allows our staffers to share, mentor and more importantly, learn from the interns. It's a two-way internship.
Much has been made in business journals and media blogs about interns. Paid, not paid, valued? J-source, an online Canadian journalism site interviewed me last month and posted about the topic of internships.
This summer Justin, Natalie, Amy and Blair will work in each of our editorial departments. They will also take over the space on this blog to write about journalism, their experience and thoughts about newspapers and evolving media.
Here they are with bios written in their words:Amy Kenny @AmyatTheSpec
After graduating from Ryerson University's journalism program in 2004, I spent a number of years freelancing for organizations such as The Yellow Pages Group and Tourism Hamilton, and publications including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore and Hamilton Magazine.
During this time I developed an arts practice and currently have a studio downtown where I paint and produce leather/metalwork under the label, Crown Land Goods. I also write fiction and poetry which has been supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council and published by Monday, Room and The Antigonish Review.
It was a gig freelancing for Open File Hamilton in 2010 that led to a combination of freelance and contract work and then this summer’s internship.
My interests outside the arts include dogs, cycling, running, camping and trying to develop sufficient survival skills to be able to live in the bush by the time I'm 40.
A circuitous route has led me to The Spec! I'm originally from Waterloo and studied English and Indigenous Studies at McMaster. I then spent several years teaching in Korea and Japan and traveling through Asia. Last month I graduated from Western University with a Masters in Journalism. My hobbies include cycling, music and reading. I feel very lucky to be at The Spec!
I am a native Hamiltonian and I am proud to call this vibrant city my home. After finishing my BA in English and Philosophy at McMaster University, I stuck around both the city and the campus working for two years before spending a year in London completing an MA in Journalism at Western University. As part of the program, I spent six weeks at the Spec this past winter where I had the opportunity to exercise my love for storytelling in print, video and online. I am thrilled to be back in my hometown this summer, carrying the privilege (and the responsibility) of sharing the stories of my community. My hobbies include eating candy, listening to music and reading.
I’m an Australian-born-journalist living in Toronto. For the past 18 months I was working as a freelance writer in Toronto and have been published in the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, National Post, and GridTO. It was during this period I started focusing my work on urban affairs and the future of cities and wrote a number of pieces on those topics for the Toronto Standard. I’ve written for two community papers in two different countries; The Pakenham Gazette (Melbourne, Australia) and The Town Crier in Toronto. In 2009, I completed an internship with the National Post. When I’m not in the newsroom, I coach the Toronto Dingos, an Australian Rules football team and I enjoy travel.