Well, this is it! Today is my last day as a reporting intern at North Carolina Policy Watch, and while I am sad to leave, I know that these past twelve weeks have given me a wealth of information, experiences, and connections that I will take with me wherever I go.
I have had the opportunity to write about immigration, abortion, the budget, and the separation of church and state. I have attended rallies, legislative sessions, trials, committee meetings, and pre-trial hearings. I have spoken with lawmakers, lawyers, policy analysts, and activists about the issues which impact North Carolina and its citizens the most.
Along the way, I have worked with an incredible team of reporters who are doing great work and have inspired me to consider journalism as a career.
The press serves a crucial watchdog function, keeping track of and telling the public about the inner workings of the government. Local journalism especially is essential to our understanding of the communities in which we live and the politics which affects our lives the most.
It is vital to support and be involved with journalism at a time when facts are seen as fake and freedom of the press is under attack, both within the United States and globally.
We will always need a free press, and this internship was an incredibly valuable way for me to be part of that.
Interning at Policy Watch has given me the opportunity to write about some deeply important issues and to gain more insight into the inner workings of the NC General Assembly, the court system, and the local political scene. I will miss working here immensely.