FARGO — This summer, three students from schools across the country spent 10 weeks learning and working in The Forum newsroom.
These students were treated just like any other member of the newsroom staff, receiving assignments and fulfilling each with the same care and integrity as any other seasoned professional in the room.
After spending the summer working alongside fellow journalists, two of the students returned to school to complete their degrees while the third, who had already graduated, has secured a full-time job.
These students provided excellent work, but more importantly, demonstrated that the future is bright for local journalism:
Mitra Norowzi is beginning her senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is completing degrees in media and journalism as well as English and comparative literature.
Before joining The Forum newsroom, she interned at InHerSight, a website dedicated to using data to improve the workplace for women. She was also a reporter for The Daily Tar Heel, UNC's student newspaper.
"The best thing about interning at The Forum is that learning and guidance doesn’t end with your direct supervisor, although mine was a treasure trove of resources and mentorship," Norowzi said. "There is a sense of community here that I found extremely enriching as I navigated my first role at a daily paper . . . My summer as a news intern at The Forum saw me grow tremendously as a journalist and a young adult. Flying halfway across the country to report in an unfamiliar city was intimidating, but my supervisors, friends, and colleagues at The Forum welcomed me to the team and taught me more than I can ever thank them for."
Meagan Deanne Hall is starting her senior year at Ohio University to complete her degree in visual communications.
She has worked for the student newspaper, The Post, as a photographer as well as for the Ohio University Communications and Marketing department. She also worked as a staff photographer for Timberlake West Camp and Prime Social Group.
"I have learned quite a few things while working at The Forum, the most important being that the best thing to do is to be yourself," Hall said. "I was nervous to go up to community members to get their information and to speak to them, I was nervous about breaking assignments and if I was going to cover them properly. I was nervous about a whole lot of stuff, but over the course of this summer, I have learned that if you are confident in yourself and the environment around you, anything can be achieved."
Ben Grundhauser graduated in May from North Dakota State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish.
He has worked as a sports writer for 247sports.com, an online site that covers college athletics across the Midwest, as well as the NDSU student newspaper, The Spectrum.
"My favorite part about this internship has been meeting, and interviewing players and teams. As a sports writer, I have talked with numerous coaches and players, and it is something that I have always wanted to do," he said. "In my past work experiences, I was mainly writing recaps and gamers, so now going out and getting actual quotes and meeting people has truly been an awesome experience. I really enjoy finding that hidden story within a sports team, and with this experience, I got to do that."
Grundhauser has been hired by The Forum as a reporter who will work on a variety of sports and news assignments as well as other work for several teams within the newsroom. He started in his full-time role Aug. 19.