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Column: Rediscovering Roswell— A look through the eyes of a budding journalist
by Caroline Vanstrom
September 27, 2012 04:27 PM | 2858 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
National news speaks to a national audience but what about the local audience? Nothing against the USA Today readers — national news is important — but a person’s community news impacts his of her daily life much more.

I am a Roswell High School senior and I have been interning at Neighbor Newspapers for a month now. After these four weeks, I wanted to reflect on some of the things I have learned about Journalism, the company and the community of Roswell.

AP Style, that writing style that strongly opposes the Oxford comma and would mock any writer who wrote “%” instead of “percent,” has become my new best friend. The knowledge and rules every journalist needs to know astounds me and has provided me with a new appreciation for all journalists and their Journalism School professors.

Here at Neighbor Newspapers, local news has been at my fingertips every week. A month ago I would not have known what festivals were coming to town, or when the property tax rates (sorry, “millage rates”) were changing. We live in a wonderful community, and knowledge of this community makes it even more wonderful. This office strives to promote each exciting event and prominent person in the community every single week. They work through stressful weeks but never fail to produce an informative and interesting dose of weekly news for north Fulton residents. The company’s integrity in what they do connects to how many stories they listen to and collect a week, their efficiency, and their genuine love for the community and those within it. Neighbor Newspapers is a group, a group who works together to promote the news and the necessity of involvement in the community.

I have called this community my home for my entire life, but it took some years to fully appreciate the city around me. Not only do I attend Roswell High School, but I was a member of Roswell City Dance for 11 years and am now a member of Studio 23 Dance Company. The close proximity of not only my dance and school, but also my nearest Starbucks hub and closest Target have made my life a bit easier and enjoyable during the stressful juggle of school, dance and college applications. Roswell provides citizens with everything they would ever think of having, including every variety of restaurants, shopping centers, grocery stores, schools, businesses, banks, sports and arts. Nights out on Canton Street, coffee at Land of a Thousand Hills and shows at the Cultural Arts Center are found in my own backyard of Roswell. Roswell is not only superb for its educational system, sports, and restaurants — the obvious pros to me — but also for its dedication to improving every aspect of the city and the uniqueness of its committed city council. These characteristics of the city of Roswell and the importance of community have been and continue to be illuminated to me through my internship at Neighbor Newspapers.

So, maybe next Wednesday morning take a break from your USA Today, pair your cup of coffee with the North Fulton Neighbor and fall in love with the community around you.
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