Former HCN interns look back

Our internship provides real-world skills, and a community, for a lifetime.

 

“The HCN internship taught me to seek nuance over easy tropes, and helped me see my home region in new ways — key skills for an emerging journalist. After I became an editor, HCN’s incredible network of writers and community of readers gave me some of my most satisfying professional relationships and dearest friends, without whom I could not have become a freelance writer-artist, reporting and illustrating magazine-length features about people, wild creatures and the land.”

—Sarah Gilman
HCN intern 2006, freelance
journalist, illustrator and poet

“I came to HCN as an intern way back in the Lander years, and I was fortunate to work with Geoff O’Gara, Danny Whipple and Kathy Bogan, who gave me an eye-opening education in environmental journalism and also in the sometimes-precarious finances of small but feisty nonprofit organizations. My time at HCN truly launched my writing career, and I am grateful for all I learned, and for the community that gave me my start.”

—Susan Tweit
HCN intern 1982, author

“There are so many things to love about HCN. But for me, it’s all about community — the community of journalists who have grown together around HCN, as interns, staffers, contributors. Now more than ever, community is what carries us, reminds us we are not alone, reminds us to take care of one another.”

—Laura Paskus
HCN intern 2002, freelance journalist and author

“As a freelance journalist, my job is to craft accurate, compelling and meaningful stories — skills that I learned as a HCN intern seven years ago. But the most meaningful part of my internship was the community it provided, both among fellow writers and the magazine’s readers. Once, a total stranger approached me at an airport because they knew my photo from HCN

As small newspapers continue to fold, I value this community more and more. Writing can be a solitary endeavor, but HCN readers make it far less so.”

—Krista Langlois
HCN intern 2013, freelance journalist

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