Circle of Blue intern Jinah Park summarizes the first three weeks of spring at the Traverse City office.
This is the third week of my internship with Circle of Blue. I am a student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and I’ve chosen to spend the last quarter of my junior year at Circle of Blue as part of my Journalism Residency requirement.
I have been enjoying every day here, and I am amazed at the variety of work I have been able to touch on. For the past three weeks, I have been contributing to Circle of Blue’s daily Twitter feed and I write The Stream on Tuesdays. Pouring through the flood of news and searching for the main trends has provided a wonderful learning experience — I now have a better understanding of water issues and a much better eye for #waternews.
The day I arrived at Circle of Blue, I was also handed the assignment of organizing data that will be used in Choke Point: India, which will be publishing in the next few weeks. The data that I collected, organized, and analyzed will be used to create an infographic on the coal-water nexus in southeastern India. Circle of Blue’s Global Choke Point series is based on a model of reporting that was recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2012, and the series has produced groundbreaking reports in China and the United States, so I am thrilled to be part of the India chapter.
Developing infographics are also a part of my responsibility. The Action Figures series is one part: I write and edit biographies of people we’ve interviewed, and then I design banner photos based on the interviews. I am also building interactive graphics for my colleague Brett Walton’s fourth feature on the price of water in the United States, a series he does annually and which was recently mentioned in Popular Mechanics. The Price of Water 2012, The Price of Water 2011, and The Price of Water 2010 are stories that have been consistently ranking as the highest viewed on Circle of Blue’s site, and I am excited to find out what I can add to this year’s water rate story.
Another perk of working with Circle of Blue is the adorable city where it is located. I admit I was worried when I first learned I was coming to Traverse City. I had never heard of the place, and I knew not a single person here. But I am happy to say that I have fallen in love with the city (yes, cliché). In a few weeks, other interns will be joining me. The weather is starting to warm up, and I am looking forward to the rest of my stay here that I am sure will be filled with warm sand dunes and breezy walks by the lake.
Want to know what it’s like to intern with Circle of Blue? Email me at circleofblue.org/contact or comment below.
Circle of Blue’s Journalist in Residence
is an intern for Circle of Blue based out of Traverse City, Michigan. She is a student at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.