My summer at The News Tribune

Posted on Sep 20 2013 - 2:34pm by Sam Horn, Sports Editor

There is so much to tell.  From interviewing Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson to having lunch with Seattle Times’ sports columnists Larry Stone and Jerry Brewer, I don’t know where to start. 

To say that my internship at the The News Tribune was amazing would be an understatement.  I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to gain professional journalistic experience at this fine newspaper organization.

I have been enthused about writing for my entire life.  Ever since I could write in second grade, I have followed my passion for writing. 

What started out as short novels about mythical lands soon turned into articles about sport figures by the time I reached high school. 

The love of writing has been in my blood for a while, and I am so glad I was able to expand my journalistic knowledge by interning at The News Tribune.

My main responsibilities at The News Tribune consisted of covering multiple Tacoma Rainiers games and one or two Seattle Mariners games. 

In late August, I covered a Tacoma Rainiers game where leftfielder Carlos Peguero smashed a walk-off grand slam to win a nail-biting game.  Peguero hit the grand slam with two outs left. 

Afterward, I interviewed Peguero, and he was speechless.  It was awesome to see one player be so happy. 

In covering the Mariners’ games, I had the incredible opportunity to sit in the press box.  One of the benefits of sitting in the press box with other reporters was that we were the recipients of free food at the buffet stand. 

It felt good to be a reporter.  I could get used to this lifestyle.

I also had the opportunity to cover a week-long tennis tournament held in Tacoma.  Witnessing a player who was ranked in the top 1,000 in the world was eye-opening. 

I had no idea that people could be that good at tennis.  It is one thing to watch them on television, but it’s a lot different watching them in person.   

While the internship was mostly a good experience, there was one aspect that wasn’t too great.  That was the commute. 

Living in Enumclaw over the summer, I had to travel to Tacoma and Seattle almost every day. 

Yes, I know, that’s a lot of gas.  Fortunately, I was reimbursed so I didn’t have to worry about being a poor college student.

Looking back on this internship, I cannot believe that I had the honor of being the sports intern at The News Tribune. It was a surreal experience.  Being able to work in a professional newspaper setting in the future would be a dream.  I have the mindset and the determination to become the best writer I can be. 

Even though my writing hasn’t been fully polished, I have the desire to learn more. 

By interning at The News Tribune, I was able to refine my writing abilities. This internship experience helped me realize how to reach my full potential.