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Campion students take to craft of journalism

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Campion College students David Ryan, Genevieve Conway, Tara Kennedy and Victoria Standish. The four successfully completed Journalism internships at The Catholic Weekly. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

If you’ve noticed some great articles by new writers in The Catholic Weekly you can now put faces to the names.

Campion College students Tara Kennedy, David Ryan, Victoria Standish and Genevieve Conway have just completed a three-month internship program with The Catholic Weekly.

Editor Peter Rosengren established the newspaper’s first internship earlier this year, with the students selected beginning in September for one day each week.

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“It’s been wonderful to have them here and it’s worked out far better than I expected,” he said.

The second and third-year students produced dozens of interviews and stories, injecting fresh energy to the office and voices to your newspaper.

They might have completed their term at the Weekly, but you can expect to see more of them in the future.

Tara hopes to continue pursuing journalism when she graduates from her liberal arts degree at the end of next year.

She said the internship was “a lot of fun, though challenging” and she would ultimately like to be a movie critic.

Victoria also enjoyed the “positive and productive environment” and intends to keep writing stories.

“I expected to be bringing people coffee and tea, things like that, but I got to do a lot of writing,” she said.

A highlight for Genevieve was encountering the beautiful L’Arche community in Sydney while researching her feature article.

While for David, who lists Hemingway as among his favourite writers, the experience confirmed that he “loves everything” about journalism.

“I loved getting out and about and seeing a new perspective on things. There’s a story in everything. It’s a noble profession,” he said.

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