HPU Student Gains On-The-Job Experience In Newspaper Internship

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 24, 2010 ? Janine Mooney, a rising senior at High Point University, has already made use of her time off of school during the summer – she’s busy reporting the news for the Courier-Post Newspaper, a publication that covers all of South New Jersey.

Mooney, who is majoring in English writing with a minor in religion, says her 240-hour internship has flown by ? and, “I have definitely been putting a variety of my journalism, English and communication skills to work, as well as improving them and learning much more,” Mooney says.

She says her first week on the job was busy. Her site supervisor, Sheri Berkery, data desk editor, assigned Mooney to write for the Courier-Post’s online entertainment guides, as well as work on various assignments for the “MomsLikeMe” section. She also had the chance to accompany a reporter to a breaking news story when the FBI raided a local home as part of the investigation into the bomb planted in Times Square.

Mooney has also worked on stories for various sections of the newspaper, which included interviews, research, writing and editing.

In fact, several of her articles were published recently in the publication.

“It has definitely been an exciting process that has given me the opportunity to meet and work with many unique people,” Mooney says. “Although internships are merely snapshots of potential job opportunities, it has shown me more than just that. I’ve realized how much my professors, peers and HPU staff have positively impacted my ability to be successful in the work environment. The optimistic, flourishing environment that HPU provides has been a huge attribute to my growth and improvement ? educationally and socially.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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