An Elm in the Newsroom
In the summer of 2012, Elm Editor-in-Chief Maegan Clearwood ’13 knew she wanted to do something different.
“I was looking for an opportunity to stay in town for the summer as I got the Elm ready for the upcoming school year,” Clearwood said. “Past Elm editors have interned with The Kent County News, and I jumped at the opportunity to hone my writing skills and involve myself in the Chestertown community. I’ve interned with other publications before, including magazines and a daily newspaper, but working for a weekly publication seemed like the perfect fit as the rising editor for the Elm.”
Her internship with the Kent County News afforded Maegan the opportunity to familiarize herself with Chestertown and its rich history.
“Luckily, there has been a long line of journalists and historians who have taken the time to record many of [Kent County’s] most significant moments. One of my favorite tasks I was assigned, aside from reporting on local events, was looking for clippings to use in our Early Files section. Each week, I looked through past issues of the newspaper, from as far back as 150 years ago, and highlighted articles to give readers a snapshot into their area’s past. I uncovered stories that would have been lost to history had it not been for this tiny, dedicated newspaper.”
Beyond expanding her interest in local history, Clearwood’s internship provided her with invaluable journalistic and academic experience.
“Writing and talking to people are integral to my majors, so my experience at the Kent County News has been incredibly helpful. Journalistic writing is all about brevity and clarity, and I hope those aspects of my creative and academic work [have improved]. As for people skills, I met new people every day. I asked them challenging, often personal, and difficult questions about their lives and their work on the Eastern Shore. Mustering up the courage to do so was frustrating at first, but I grew a little stronger and more confident with each story I tackled.”