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Behind the scenes at Tribune

By Staff | Jan 31, 2014

Elizabeth Blessum, a junior at Rugby High School, did a job shadow Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Pierce County Tribune.

On Thursday, I had the amazing opportunity to job shadow at the Pierce County Tribune.

This year our school counselor, Mrs. Julie Sjol, is encouraging all juniors at Rugby High School to take time out of their schedules and participate in a job shadow. A job shadow opens our eyes to possible careers and future jobs. Prior to the job shadow we were taught about proper dress and behavior.

I chose to job shadow at the Pierce County Tribune because I have always loved writing and I felt like this would be a great place to go.

My day started off with a tour of the Tribune and everything inside. I had never been inside the building, so it was intriguing to see all that makes up the Tribune. Although they don’t print the newspapers in Rugby, they still have all the old printing machines. Downstairs, they keep a record of all newspapers that the Tribune has printed dating back to the late 1890s. It is awesome to see all the history that ties into the newspapers.

After the tour, I learned about cutline writing. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is writing captions for pictures. I had to identify people and state what they were doing in the picture. After that, I learned about the business aspect of the Tribune with Kristi Wolbaum. It was interesting to see this part because many may not realize the business aspect of it all.

Later, I went with Jackie Strand to various businesses for the advertising pitch. We encouraged companies to enter an ad in the paper to get their name out in the community and draw customers towards them. I enjoyed this because it gave me insight to the sales and marketing side of the Tribune. She talked about how the ads are set up and how everything operates.

I was then able to observe as Rex Larson set up the paper and got everything incorporated into the pages. The pages were proofread and changes were made when necessary.

My experience here really taught me a lot; not only about journalism, but the basis of how businesses operate. Everyone I worked with was very friendly and open to any questions I had.

I feel like my job shadow opened my eyes to the future and what career I may pursue. I learned so much valuable information that I can carry with me for the rest of my life. I strongly encourage all high school students to participate in a job shadow. The more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it in the future. An actual job shadow teaches you more about yourself and your future than you can learn sitting in a classroom. After spending time at the Pierce County Tribune, I will read the newspaper with a greater appreciation.

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