BPC interns report on year-long experiences

Bloomington Press Club scholarship winners Katherine Nicole Shaw and Tracie Elaine Ortman talked about their internships during the April 27 meeting.

Ortman, a senior at the IU School of Journalism, interned at Shalom Center, a facility serving the homeless, compiling newsletters for both print and online.

“All of my work went toward highlighting the program to get the word out,” said Ortman. “I created public service announcements and press releases.”

She said she tried to leave a template for her work so that the next intern can easily pick up where she left off.

Shaw, a communications and Spanish major, worked at Big Brothers, Big Sisters, for twoyears, first as a volunteer and last year as a BPC intern.

“I wrote and produced a newsletter, both electronic and print versions,” she said. “I had lots of freedom in making it. I especially enjoyed writing stories about the matches, interviewing the volunteer and the child to tell their stories.”

Member Jan Skinner administers the Bloomington Press Club scholarship program, which provides $1,000 to winners who then spend 150 hours working for a local nonprofit.

Next year’s interns are Darcy Marlett, who will work with the American Red Cross, and Julia Haller, who will work with Girls, Inc. Skinner said the club may consider funding more than two internships per year.

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