March 14, 2007 Edition

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Internship solidifies interest

Kemberly Roberts
TD Intern

I have been an intern at The Times Dispatch for over two months, and it has truly been exciting. I have always loved writing and learning about current events, but there is so much more to my internship than the job itself.

I was very nervous before I started working at The TD. I really wanted to express my interest in the newspaper field, as well as display to the staff my determination. My journalism professor at WBC, Melinda Williams, who has worked at The TD before, frequently assured me that I would do fine.

Everyone that I work with has been so helpful and kind to me. If I have a question about anything, I know that I can ask anyone and they will do all they can for me. Through the staff, I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and technique, which has been very beneficial to me as both a news writer and a student.

Currently at WBC, I am enrolled in a news reporting class. Working at The TD has helped me tremendously in my class. Many aspects that I learn at The TD can be applied to my class work, and vice versa. It is helpful that my duties at The TD frequently coincide with my duties as a student.

I have enjoyed visiting different locations in the community and meeting new people. It is interesting to hear what other people have to say about their experiences, businesses and career fields.

I also like having the opportunity to share the latest news with my family and close friends. My mother-in-law (ironically, Kim Roberts) tells her friends that if they need to know what's going on, they just need to ask her and she'll ask me.

I am always receiving e-mails from my mom's friends, telling me how proud of me they are, as well as how proud my mom is of me. It makes me feel good to call my mom at night and tell her what stories I am covering and what I learned during the day. I feel that I received a big majority of my love of writing from her.

After my first week at The TD, my husband, Derick, asked me if I could see myself working at a newspaper forever and I was quick to answer "yes." In addition to the amazing people that I work with, this experience has already helped me to realize that news writing is something I greatly enjoy. I love every aspect of the newspaper business and look forward to gaining more knowledge and experience from my time at The TD.

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