BY SARA PETTY
Just three years ago, KEMPA Summer Journalism Workshop intern, Jessica Sherwin, was in the same shoes as the campers that arrived today.
Sherwin attended various KEMPA events throughout her high school career, including several conferences in the fall as well.
Sherwin joined the Talon Times newspaper staff as a reporter at Lakes Community High School her sophomore year. She went on to become the News Editor and then the Editor-in-Chief her senior year.
These experiences led her to pursue a double major in print and digital journalism and magazine journalism at the University of Missouri (Mizzou). She also plans to minor in design and Spanish.
As a Mizzou journalism student, Sherwin was able to volunteer and work with media organizations close to campus. She spent time at KOMU,a branch of NBC news, KBIA, a local radio station, and the Maneater,the Mizzou student newspaper. She is also working for the Missourian, a local news organization.
Assistant Director Jamie Born encouraged Sherwin to return to KEMPA SJW as an intern.
“It was really exciting seeing all the campers arriving, because I remember being in their position a couple years ago. I just have such high hopes for them and everything that they’re going to learn,” said Sherwin.
She wants the campers to realize how influential journalism can be, which is something she regrets not finding out until she reached college.
Sherwin said that in high school, journalism and publications can become sort of like a monotonous routine. She hopes the campers do not let this mindset takeover, and instead take advantage of the opportunities journalism can provide.
“You get to meet so many people and find out such cool stories,” Sherwin said. “Journalism isn’t a set profession...It’s a learning experience every single day.”
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