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Matt Von Pinnon, Published August 03 2013

Von Pinnon: Summer interns learn, and we learn from them

Every year at The Forum for as long as anyone can remember, we’ve welcomed summer interns into our newsroom.

While they always learn a lot during their stay, and do the same kind of work that our professionals do, we benefit from them, as well.

Today’s youth, and what they’re interested in, helps us see fresh perspectives. They also push us to question long-held ways of doing things.

But perhaps most importantly, they consistently remind us of why we got interested in our professions to begin with and why we’re so lucky to do this work for a living.

The Forum is full of employees who started off as interns, including me.

Watch for these students to make a big impact down the road:

Cali Owings is from Watertown, Wis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities last spring after studying journalism, media culture and cinema.

Previously, she interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

About your Forum internship: “There isn’t a better way to get to know a new community than reporting for its newspaper. I’ve stored a great deal of random Fargo-Moorhead area knowledge since I started the internship,” Owings said.

Your dream job: “Very hard to say what my dream job will be. I just love the opportunity to meet people, learn about their experiences, ideas, passions, and share their stories in any medium.”

Sean Plemmons is from Mankato, Minn. This fall, he’ll be a junior at Concordia College, where he’s majoring in multimedia journalism and political science and minoring in English writing.

The Forum is his first internship.

About your internship: “It has been a great place to work, and everyone here encourages you to work to your potential,” Plemmons said. “The learning curve was steep, but once I was able to adapt to that, I felt I was able to succeed. I have learned much from this internship, not only about the world of journalism but also about the real world that exists beyond college.”

Your dream job: “CIA agent. But a more realistic job is a feature writer for The Oregonian in Portland.”

Glenn Pursley is from Bismarck. He’ll be a junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he’s majoring in mass comm-unications.

This is his second internship with The Forum.

About your internship: “Writing for the media is obviously different than writing for the handful of English courses I’ve taken throughout college, but I can honestly say that I’ve learned more about writing in my two years as an intern than I have in any English class,” Pursley said.

Your dream job: Pursley would like to work for a publication like Mixmag, a British magazine covering electronic dance music and club culture.

Logan Werlinger is from Moorhead. He graduated in 2011 from MSUM after studying photo-journalism and documentary journalism. He’s now in graduate school at Ohio University, studying visual and multimedia communication. He plans to graduate next spring.

Werlinger previously interned at Tobosa Creative Group in Fargo.

About your Forum internship: “It was my first experience working at a daily,” Werlinger said. “It confirmed my desire to work at a daily newspaper and continue telling stories in that way.”

Your dream job: “With the ongoing evolution of news and photography and all things media, I’m not sure my dream job even exists yet. But for the next few years, I would consider myself extremely lucky to work at a daily newspaper during this momentous time of change in the industry, and continue to explore the people and world around me with documentary photography.”


Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum. Reach him at (701) 241-5579 or on Twitter at @inforumed