It’s intern season, when a slew of newbie journalists hit newsrooms in force. Some are go-getters, asking too many questions but offering unexpected insights. Others hide behind their computers and never speak. The best absorb lessons but also teach their old editors a few new tricks. We asked a few Kip Fellows their tips for maximizing the talents of interns. Here are their suggestions:
• Send interns out with seasoned reporters in their first weeks on the job.
“For a public affairs reporting intern, it can be a little overwhelming at first,” says Kip Fellow Michelle Everhart, who supervises Scripps Statehouse News Bureau fellows at the Columbus Dispatch. Having them tag-team with a pro “makes them feel more confident, they get the lay of the land, and have a little background info to get them going.”