My last day in Harrisburg for came at the end of last month, with the close of my lease with the International House Aug. 30 and the end of my post-graduate internship with the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association (PLCA).
I came home with lots of experience, dozens of great references, and a pile of clips. Browse my clips by publication here.
I pitched my own stories, was sent to dull and fascinating hearings, and got great clips, including front cover, A1 bylines for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Patriot-News and the Morning Call – not too bad. Below are my best six clips of the summer:
Gadflies wage guerrilla war in Harrisburg
Philadelphia Inquirer | July 29, 2008
I pitched this story and saw it land on the front cover of one of the 15 largest newspapers in the country.
Legislator beset by reform movement
Philadelphia Inquirer | July 22, 2008
I also pitched this story and was proud to see it run on the cover of the Local section. I got more than ten calls and a handful of e-mails from readers about this story.
No-fly list keeps pilot grounded, he claims
Harrisburg Patriot-News | Aug. 20, 2008
This was meant to be a brief, but the story was enticing, the news hole was slow and I felt I wrote it well. I was rewarded with a front page, above-the-fold story.
Dialogue on Drinking
Harrisburg Patriot-News | Aug. 22, 2008
This is a pitch I helped to craft after I felt initial reports on this intiaitve from college presidents were misrepresenting their mission – labeling their intentions as wanting to lower the drinking age though it was about fostering a dialogue. It was the featured art and likely my best looking clip of the summer.
State job scandal suspects released after posting bond
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | July 12, 2008
While a double-byline, I can’t neglect this story I did with Tracie Mauriello. I was in the middle of the biggest Pennsylvania state government story in decades, fighting for space in a small courtroom, seeking out details, whispering to court officials. I also got audio for the Post-Gazette, which they loved.
‘Essential’ state employees will be paid
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 10, 2008
My first good clip of the summer came my initial week with Brad Bumsted of the Tribune-Review. It came amid my trying to navigate the complex state budget negotiations and all the politics that surround them – like furlouging workers.
Also this summer I also got my first freelance check, starting a relationship with Philadelphia Weekly and some other smaller publications.
So what’s next?
I moved my things back to my folks home in beautiful Newton, metropolis of Northwest New Jersey last week and am spending this week in Philadelphia meeting friends and a few appointments. I have a few hiking trips planned but then on Oct. 1, a friend and I are planning a backpacking adventure through Europe, all of which will be blogged and feature video podcasting. Lots more on that to come.