Great lessons from a fun summer |

Great lessons from a fun summer

I would like to send a big thank you to the Glenwood Springs community.

During my summer internship at the Post Independent, I was embraced by not only the staff at the paper, but the community in this mountain town as well.

The community was there to provide insight to what’s going on, give me tips on my writing, and encourage me to keep going, and for that, I would like to express my gratitude.

One common theme that I found in my reporting was the sense of community that Glenwood has. If it wasn’t the stand-up paddlers expressing how the community was perfect for there competition, it was the single mom who opened a restaurant because she saw a need in her community.

Something that can easily get lost while in Phoenix (I am attending Arizona State University) is sense of community, and this town really has taught me how beneficial it is for people to have that sense in mind when they act.

With a sense of community, people have a desire to improve there surroundings for not only themselves but also for their neighbors, friends across town, and even the people they haven’t met yet, and that is nothing but beneficial.

Community really works on different levels in this town too.

The community that was most beneficial to me this summer was the community at the newsroom of the Post Independent.

The newsroom not only made room for me in a busy and chaotic time in the field of journalism, they took time from their busy day to help me a long the way.

If Editor Dale Shrull wasn’t helping me improve my style, he was helping me understand the profession that faces more and more public scrutiny, and because of it I am a better writer and have a better feel for my future.

The three Johns of the Post Independent newsroom, Colson, Gardner, and Stroud helped me get stories and helped me understand that this job involves teamwork. It is a team effort from laughing together to utilizing each other’s ideas.

Sports Editor Jeff Caspersen allowed me to see what the sports side of Journalism is like, and let me know that even though your reporting is unbiased, the fan still comes out, and that’s not bad for a San Francisco Giants fan.

Photographer Kelley Cox was all smiles while adding some color to my feature stories, and showed me that everyone in the newsroom has to work hard to put together a daily paper.

I have to give props to Copy editors Charlie Wertheim and Collin Szewczyk for making my stories look good, and for illustrating the fact that a the newsroom of a paper is constantly running.

So, after a big thank you to the Glenwood community for reading my articles and accepting me for a summer, I would like to send an ever bigger thank you to the entire Glenwood Springs Post Independent staff for the opportunity they gave me this summer.

Kevin Keller is a student at Arizona State University.

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