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.