Meet the Intern: UMD student brings journalism experience to paper
June 11, 2021
I'm Madison Hunter, one of two interns working at the Pine Knot News this summer. I am going into my senior year at University of Minnesota Duluth, where I'm majoring in journalism and minoring in photography and arts in media.
I discovered the Pine Knot News through one of my journalism professors at UMD, John Hatcher. The history of the Pine Knot fascinates and inspires me. Working for an independent newspaper will provide me with experiences that will broaden my skill set and knowledge as a journalist.
I have a passion for journalism and photography. I want to be a photojournalist when I graduate from UMD. I discovered photojournalism when I was a junior in school, and I haven't stopped taking pictures since. A picture is worth a thousand words, and that's what I like to do with my photos: tell a story.
I have worked at UMD's student newspaper, The Bark, since my freshman year and I've been able to try a variety of jobs there, from photojournalist to reporter to editor and social media director. When school starts again in August, I will be managing editor of The Bark.
When I moved to Duluth my freshman year, I fell in love with northern Minnesota. Working in the tightknit community here has been a favorite part of my college experience. Some of my newfound joys are hiking, visiting local restaurants and, of course, photographing this beautiful region.
When I'm not out exploring, I love to watch movies. My favorites are probably "The Breakfast Club" or "Spotlight." I also love to travel. Alaska and a stint as an exchange student in Germany are my favorite trips so far. Reading is another one of my passions. I collect books, and I have read almost all of my collection.
I am very excited to gain more experience from working with the experienced staff at the "most outstanding weekly newspaper" in the state. And I especially look forward to getting to know the community that the Pine Knot covers, and telling the story of the people who live here.