This piece was a great honor for me to write. Also written for my MSCM 487 internship with the News-Register, the man’s father, Myron, contacted us to get his story out into the community to keep it alive. It has been almost a year and nothing has happened, so I wanted this article to highlight the persistence of grief and loss. This piece was well-received by the community and spread awareness about Zack’s disappearance, hopefully encouraging anyone with information to come forward to the police.
This spring marks Kent Harrop’s 20th as pastor at First Baptist Church of McMinnville. But it also marks his departure to Massachusetts, where he will be taking his message of compassion and unity to the First Baptist Church of Beverly, Mass.
I wrote this article for my MSCM 487 Internship at the McMinnville News-Register, where I write news and feature stories about issues or people in the community. Pastor Harrop is widely known in McMinnville, and people have certainly been sad to see him go. I enjoyed interviewing Harrop and writing about his warm and colorful personality. One of the best things about writing articles like these is that I get to connect with wonderful and fascinating people I might not have otherwise gotten the chance to meet.
A McMinnville man is helping lead a drive to force referral to voters of Senate Bill 833, which gives driving privileges to people who are here illegally. The campaign is being directed by Oregonians for Immigration Reform, based in Salem. Co-founded by McMinnville resident Jim Ludwick, it needs to gather at least 58,000 valid signatures by Oct. 4 (2013) to force an election.
I wrote this article for MSCM 375 Reporting. Jim Ludwick spoke with our class as a mock interview, detailing his efforts to bring the bill to voter consideration. One goal of the Reporting class is to have our work published in any publication. The managing editor of the local newspaper published it, saying it was up to par with a professional account.