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Towner student sees Tribune

By Staff | Mar 28, 2014

On March 27, I visited the Pierce County Tribune to spend the day job shadowing. Job shadowing is program run by the school counselor, where a high school student is encouraged to take a day to “shadow” someone who works in their career of interest. Personally, I’ve always loved the written word and thought it would be great to do my job shadow at a local newspaper. I spent the day with Tim Chapman, the editor, and I learned all about the inner workings of the newspaper business. Because I was there on a Thursday, I was able to see the Tribune be pieced together.

As soon as I arrived, I was given a tour of the facility. I had the opportunity to see everything from the very back of the building, to the basement where many records and old photos are kept. The history behind the paper is what intrigued me the most. It’s just fascinating to think of all the years the paper has been around, and what a staple it is to the community. After seeing the history before my eyes, I have a greater appreciation for newspapers.

It’s also amazing to think of all the history put down in ink over the years. Besides Tim, I also got to work with two lovely ladies at the Tribune, Kristi Wolbaum and Edie Wurgler. A newspaper is a business, and Kristi is there to see everything runs smoothly. Edie edits the paper, checking for spelling and grammar mistakes, as well as the context of articles. We went over pages of the paper together, nitpicking and ironing out differences. I was also given a basic introduction to type of work reporter Bryce Berginski and page designer Rex Larson do for the Tribune. I also had the opportunity to do some basic reporting. All in all, I thought it was a pretty amazing day.

I would recommend job shadowing to all high school students, in fact, it’s really important. It allows you to see what your career of choice is like, and if it’s something that you would truly like to do. What if once you finally land what you think is your dream job, and you end up not actually liking it, after years of college and/or training? As for me, job shadowing helped me decide that journalism is definitely something I’m interested in. Furthermore, it’s something I could see myself doing. Not everyone may have as good an experience as I, but job shadowing will always be a learning experience.

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