SBJ: An intern’s perspective

Jason Johnston, Editorial InternEditor’s Note: This piece was originally posted online at Ozarks News Journal, a student blog and podcast Web site under the direction of Missouri State University journalism professor Andrew Cline.

My experience as an editorial intern at Springfield Business Journal has improved my writing, and it has taught me how to better frame my thoughts.

My main job was to write about new businesses, owners and locations in the Open for Business section, the most recent of which covered Northside Dental Clinic, Sumit Hot Yoga and Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Gallery.

I also wrote about Citizens Memorial Healthcare and Midwest Metro in the paper’s Dynamic Dozen series, which honored the 12 highest grossing local companies based on their three-year revenue growth from 2008-2010.

SBJ also features companies in the local area in its Business Spotlight articles. I covered Ozark Power Center Inc., which sells tractors, lawnmowers and construction equipment.

I even wrote a blog entry about my experience at the 2011 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which gave me a chance to meet Priest Holmes – my favorite football player of all time.

Balancing school work and the internship has been difficult because I am writing five to eight articles a week and driving 38 miles – one way – from my house to school and the paper each day during the week.

I will complete my 135 required hours this week and intend to graduate from Missouri State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism.

My ultimate goal is to be a business journalist. People come in contact with business every day whether they are brushing their teeth with toothpaste that was made and packaged by a company or driving a car made by automobile plant workers.

Business is the fabric of America, and I want to inform the public about how companies operate. I can write business stories effectively by always following the money and asking the right questions from credible sources.

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