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Reflecting on the 2015 Summer Workshop: Caroline

This post is part of an occasional series of reflections written by students from our 2015 Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop.

By Caroline Guthrie, New York

My time at the NECIR journalism workshop was composed of many experiences. I stayed in a dorm room for the first time, explored the great city of Boston, and went more in depth into journalism than I ever had before. There are a lot of stories to be told through journalism. Harry Proudfoot, a skillful teacher at the program, instilled in me a desire to explore the world out there and share my experiences, good and bad.

Caroline and friends enjoy a night on Newbury Street during the 2015 Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop.

Caroline and friends enjoy a night on Newbury Street during the 2015 Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop.

 

The most fulfilling task at the program was writing my own news story. Everyone got to chose his or her own topic to explore. I investigated the use of antibiotics in meat and how it is detrimental to our health. Unsanitary conditions in factory farms and the need to create big animals in a short amount of time for a bigger profit leads to the use of antibiotics in animals, which we eventually eat. I interviewed health experts and researched online with the help of Rochelle Sharpe, another skilled teacher at the program.

This program was perfect for me because the teachers taught the basic rules of journalism while allowing me to gain real life experiences in the field of investigative journalism. I will also always treasure my time in Boston eating on Newbury Street, running along the Charles River, making friends, and becoming a better journalist.

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