Without these kinds of partnerships, we would be missing out on opportunities to bring local journalism to our readers. I’m hoping we will be able to leverage more partnerships like this.
Seen at the fair
Did you go to the fair this year? If so, you might have seen a completely different kind of newsroom partnership. Working with Darren Conerly, the superintendent of Open Class Photography, we contributed a non-judged exhibit. Each of our three photojournalists submitted three of their favorite prints. We also provided some of our page proofs, showing how their photography is used in the newspaper. In addition, the team was at the first day of the fair to talk with amateur photographers. It seemed to go well, we learned a lot, and we hope to be back next year.
Another example of a new partnership for the newsroom is our summer reporting intern. You’ve seen Jeni Banceu’s byline all summer. She is a student at Clark College, and she will be the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Independent, this fall. Earlier this year, Clark’s journalism professor, Beth Slovic, reached out to create a Dee Anne Finken Endowed Internship in partnership with The Columbian and the Clark College Foundation.
Jeni has been with us for almost three months; her internship ends next week. She’s been game to tackle any assignment; I sent her to the fair to write a first-person story about what it’s like to wash a pig. She might become a journalist someday, but I don’t think she will raise hogs.
All of these successes have made me rethink what I learned in school. Used well, partnerships can increase the quality and quantity of our journalism and give our work a wider audience. We still won’t be using George Carlin’s seven words, however.