Asheville Citizen Times
The summer after my sophomore year of college, I moved back to my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina to work as a reporting intern at the Asheville Citizen Times. The newspaper, which has 36,000 subscribers, covers Western North Carolina.
As a reporting intern, my beats ranged from breaking news to local business, education to agriculture. I balanced daily assignments, such as changes to Buncombe County’s early voting plan, with long-form features and investigative stories. Some of my favorite projects included a story on a proposal to reduce domestic violence, a story about digitizing historic slave deeds and a profile on a local farm that has become a social media sensation.
The Citizen Times is owned by Gannett, and many of the stories from our newsroom are picked up by USA Today to run on their website. Halfway through my internship, I got a call from a reporter based in San Francisco. She saw my story about a new facial recognition software being used by local summer camps, and wanted to collaborate to make it a national story. We worked together to expand my piece, and the next day, it ran on the front page of USA Today’s Money section.
In addition to my reporting work, I also helped to take photographs on assignment, helped other reporters in their research and assisted in the curation of content for the opinion pages.