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The Month of July in a Nutshell (Excuse the Hiatus)

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The tall ship Sorlandet seen from a kayaker’s perspective as the sun was rising over the Saginaw River on Saturday, July 13.
Photo Credit | Jessica Haynes for MLive.com

It’s been awhile since I have posted anything and I think most interns would understand. It has been a crazy month, trying to work two jobs and juggle school requirements so I thought I would just list some quick info and links to the work that have been keeping me busy.

If you have any questions or want to leave some feedback, feel free to leave a message in the comment sections and I will make sure to reply.

July 2 — Former bullied gay teen, a Bay County resident, ties the knot on Supreme Court steps: I followed up on a tip from an editor and talked with two women who decided to get married before DOMA was repealed and their struggle with homophobia and bullying.

July 5 — Saginaw loses member of the Great Generation and a community ‘blessing’ in Raymond E. Vasold: I met Ray last year at his 75th high school reunion and knew I had to put together a fitting tribute to a man remembered so fondly by the Saginaw community. He was a wonderful man, so polite and courteous, and will be greatly missed.

Saginaw Area Fireworks put on another spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show on Ojibway Island. About 90,000 people came to watch the show this year, which is about the same as last year.
Photo Credit | Katie Bailey for MLive.com

July 5 — Saginaw fireworks ‘went without a hitch,’ drawing about 90,000 spectators: Fourth of July is without a doubt my favorite holiday so I was excited to be on Ojibway Island watching one of the biggest shows in the state. There were a few skirmishes broken up by the police but overall, the night went well and the crowds were amazed by the beautiful display of pyrotechnics. 

July 10 — Assistant County Executive Michael K. Gray remembered as ‘dedicated public servant’ EXCERPT: Bay County Commissioner Brandon Krause says he was “floored and just shocked” to wake up Wednesday, July 10, to learn his friend and colleague had died the previous night at the age of 54.

Less than 24 hours before, Krause said he and Assistant County Executive Michael K. Gray had shared a meal of cheeseburgers and practiced skeet-shooting together.

“He was smiling and laughing, we were joking around about the ones we were missing,” Krause, 40, said. “We had a great time last night. I would have never known something was wrong with him. He was saying how much he had fun, no comments on being or feeling ill.”

Signe Nielsen, 86, of Bay City watches the tall ship Sorlandet arrive at Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City during the 2013 Tall Ship Celebration. 
Photo Credit | Jeff Schrier for Mlive.com

July 12 — Family history comes alive for Bay City woman with Sørlandet’s arrival for Tall Ship Celebration: Apparently the captain of the Sørlandet heard or read my article and arranged a private tour of the ship for Signe Nielsen and her family. I ended up running into her daughter and son-in-law later during the weekend and they thanked me with tears in their eyes and plenty of hugs. She was a sweet lady and I enjoyed meeting her and was glad I could help her, even if I was just doing my job. Plus, this story made it back to her homeland to Signe’s Norwegian family!

July 13 — Paddle enthusiasts arrive bright and early for unique views of Bay City’s Tall Ship Celebration: Easily one of my favorite assignments during my summer internship, albeit a super early one. I started my float on the Saginaw River around 6 a.m. and stayed out there for three hours, snapping pics and interviewing my fellow kayakers. I created a gallery with both my images and courtesy photos from the group, so I am glad to have these as memories of a beautiful day on the river. 
July 17 — Saginaw Wonderfest organizers: Stevie Wonder ‘plans to be here’ despite Michigan self-defense laws: The ruling of the George Zimmerman trial played a part in Wonder deciding not to perform in states with Stand Your Ground laws, legislation similar to Michigan laws. Although I left a voice mail on Wonder’s cell phone, I was only able to speak with organizers who are claiming the Saginaw native will be present at Wonderfest.
July 25 — 38 dogs seized, 2 found dead near Midland in ‘largest ever shelter seizure of Shelties in state of Michigan’: I received a tip on this about a month ago and was not able to do much with it since the case was being kept under wraps but was finally able to pursue. This story got a lot of views as most animal cruelty cases do and I am following up on the owner’s felony charges at the preliminary examination in two weeks, so stay tuned.
July 30 — Korean War veteran shares a woman’s perspective of the ‘Forgotten War’ in Delta College documentary: As part of a military family, I have a special place in my heart for veterans and truly enjoyed my two-hour conversation with Lydia Davis, who I met on Memorial Day this year and pursued for a story. Davis was kindness itself, even showing me family pictures and giving her opinion on the military, now as compared to then. Interesting read!
Mrs. Reyes' inventor's class poses for a class photo at a summer camp at Delta College on August 1, 2013.  Photo Credit | Sammy Jo Hester for MLive.com

Mrs. Reyes’ inventor’s class poses for a class photo at a summer camp at Delta College on August 1, 2013.
Photo Credit | Sammy Jo Hester for MLive.com

Aug. 2 — Rainbows, robots and bubbles: Delta College summer camps spark student imaginations: Any day I get to interview little kids is a fun day! Their energy and positivism always works its way into my article and the photographer and I had an awesome time checking out the student inventions and hearing what they have learned. There is a bit of a surprise in the photo gallery, if you can catch it!

 Again, my apologies for not updating as frequently as I should. July is my favorite month and it seems to have flown by extra-fast this year, like I blinked and it was already the end. With August starting, I am beginning preparations for the fall semester and trying to find an apartment that fits in a broke college students budget. Wish me luck and let me know what you think of the stories above in the comment sections. Have a great weekend, readers!

Back To The Office: Part Two

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Today marked the start of my summer internship with The Saginaw News-MLive and I cannot be happier to be back in the newsroom. I recently finished my first semester at Central Michigan University and am ready to get back on the scene after completing a fall editorial internship in 2012.

Midland Northeast Middle School Science Teacher Anthony Bauer monitors his eighth grade students tests as the students take the test using his Apple iPad. Since the release of the tablet device last April, Bauer has tried to push it to its limits in the classroom, using it to give presentations, organize student data, along with basic web functions such as e-mail and surfing the Internet.

Midland Northeast Middle School Science Teacher Anthony Bauer monitors his eighth grade students tests as the students take the test using his Apple iPad.

Although my first day was pretty much spent resetting my accounts and editing my MLive profile, which you can view here, I was able to schedule stories to focus on over the next week and some assignments. I am attending the Dow Chemical Annual Stockholder’s Meeting, or “the Meeting,” on Thursday with fellow reporter Justin Engel, from The Bay City Times and covering the Everyday Hero award banquet for the Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority next week.

There was even enough time for a quick post. One of the things that drew me towards journalism when considering a career was the opportunity to learn and share that knowledge with others. I learned about a new technology initiative by Midland Public Schools is going before the voters, with the potential of putting an iPad in the hands of every student in the district and the cost of around $20.8 million. The full article is available here.

I am reporting on the results tomorrow and will have an update to share as soon as final tallies are completed. Class may be a memory soon but I am earning credits for this internship, hence the continuance of the JournStudent Jess blog. My hope is you will keep following and offer any feedback, advice or comments you might think of this summer. Thanks for reading!