A Crash Course in Covering the Cape
Interning for Cape Cod Life has been an exciting endeavor in my journalism career. Tasks assigned to us, including fact checking, information gathering, and even writing my own pieces, have each been fresh, exciting, and unlike anything I have previously completed. My work for student newspapers and online publications prepared me well for Cape Cod Life, and I leave thankful knowing my time here has primed me for further journalism work in the future. A resident of Yarmouth Port, Catherine is a student at Salve Regina University, majoring in communications with minors in gender studies and marketing.
Interning at Cape Cod Life was one of the greatest decisions I ever made. Not only did the experience provide an opportunity for hands-on expertise in the publishing field, it also opened doors in other, related landscapes. Cape Cod LIFE editor, Matt Gill, was incredibly welcoming and provided a wealth of information about the Cape. Every week he’d have some new assignment for us to tackle, such as fact checking, editing, and even contributing our own content to the magazines. I was sad to leave. A resident of East Falmouth, Matt Harris is majoring in history and international studies at Endicott College.
My summer at Cape Cod Life was insightful and interesting. Before I started, I was intimidated by making phone calls, assuming I would be annoying whomever I was contacting, but I soon learned this is seldom true. Those who agree to be interviewed are often passionate about the products, projects, and stories they are sharing. This was definitely the case when I interviewed Peter Murray at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis. He had so many facts and stories he wanted to share it felt more like a conversation than an interview. A resident of West Barnstable, Emily studies visual communications at the University of South Carolina.
I was so excited to be a part of Cape Cod Life this summer. Whether it was writing, fact checking, conducting interviews, or going on photo shoots, every day was a new experience. The staff was so welcoming and willing to accept me as part of the team. My favorite part was definitely meeting and talking to different Cape Codders. Although I am a Cape native, I learned about different trades, events, and art the Cape has to offer. I am heartbroken that another Cape Cod summer has come to an end. However, I am hopeful for the future and thankful for my time at Cape Cod Life. Maeve Mudie is a junior at Fordham University, where she studies communications and Spanish; this year she is studying abroad in Barcelona!
The driving force behind my desire to be a journalist is to inspire others to find and explore what they may not have otherwise. Through this internship, I was able to write about the place where I have grown up—Cape Cod. I also had the opportunity to contribute to the magazine directly, not just fact-checking and researching articles, but eventually writing a piece of my own. Rachel Walman of Buzzards Bay attends the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she studies English and communications.
In 2016 Rachel Boissonneault and Meaghan Donnelly also completed internships at Cape Cod Life Publications.
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