Another internship finished

I finished another internship with the Valley News Dispatch about a month ago. After interning during the summer of 2014, I continued to stay on with the paper as a freelance writer covering local municipal meetings. I returned for another internship this summer after graduating with my master’s degree in April.

Over the summer I was able to jump right back into the newsroom and cover several topics including breaking news, features, municipal meetings and daily news stories.

You can find links to some of my articles here.

While it has been great to be an intern and learn a lot over the last two summers, I am ready to take on a full-time job. Since I left my newspaper job to attend graduate school, it’s been over two years since I had a full-time position in journalism. I’m looking forward to joining another newsroom soon!


Summer internship

Last week I started an internship at The Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, PA. It feels great to be back in a newsroom as a reporter. I am a general assignment reporter, so I will be covering anything and everything that needs done. I will keep everyone updated as the summer goes along. Here are a few links to my first few articles.

An article on bed bugs

An article about Meals on Wheels

An article about a student receiving an award

An article about the Rotary Club giving books to students

Full Article: Raw food

In this article I take a look at the growing trend of becoming a raw foodist. This article was published by the Point Park News Service.

Diners seek healthy habits in raw foods

By Emily Balser

Fifteen years ago Janet McKee, a high-powered executive in Pittsburgh, was working her way up the corporate ladder, but she was also facing serious health problems. It was a life-altering dilemma – take a potentially cancer-causing drug the rest of her life or remove part of her large intestine.
Neither sounded good to her.
“I got myself out of the hospital, and I just said no, I’m not going to do that,” McKee said.
The illness was ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the large intestine, which McKee, 49, was diagnosed with in her early 20s. She managed it with the guidance of a doctor until her mid-30s when she decided to try something different – eating raw foods.

Read the full story here

Meeting Pulitzer Prize winners

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker recently visited the Point Park University campus to talk about their new book, “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love.” The book chronicles the journalists’ “Tainted Justice” series that appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, which was centered around police corruption in the city.

Getting to hear the women talk about the risks they took to get the story and get the truth out to the public was really inspiring to me as someone who is just starting their career in the field. After the event I was able to sit down with Laker and Ruderman and interview them for an article for The Point Park News Service. I was also able to get some feedback from them on the field of print journalism and advice for having a successful career. Both of them stressed the importance of finding a way to make a story fresh or finding an angel that hasn’t been covered yet. This is advice I will carry with me as I continue to advance my career.

I may never go to the extremes that they did for a story, but it still inspires me to do the best that I can do in my own career as a journalist.

To read my article about the event go here.

Full story: Winter farmers markets

My article on winter farmers markets was published by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review this week. It was interesting to see what products are available during these cold months when most local fruits and vegetables are out of season. Fresh-made salsa, hot soups and winter vegetables are a few of the items that can be found.

Pittsburgh markets keep farm-fresh foods on the table throughout winter
By Emily Balser

Tim Hileman has been coming to the Farmers Market Cooperative of East Liberty since he was 10 years old.

Now, decades later, he has taken over his family apple farming business, Kistaco Farm, and continues his grandfather’s tradition of selling apples and cider during the winter months at the farmers market at 344 N. Sheridan Ave.

“The reason I like to come to this market is I grow apples and make cider, and we have those all winter, so it’s nice to have somewhere to sell those,” says Hileman, who is one of the four members of the cooperative running the market.

Most farmers markets close in late fall once pumpkins and other cool weather produce are finished for the season. But some, such as the market in East Liberty, continue on through the coldest months of winter.

You can read the whole story here.

Sneak peek: Winter farmers markets

Local vegetables from Clarion River Organics at the Pittsburgh Public Market.

Ever wondered what you can find at a farmers market during the winter? I went to two winter markets in Pittsburgh to see what they offer. Here are a few photos I took while at the Pittsburgh Public Market, 2401 Penn Ave., and the Farmers’ Market Coop of East Liberty, 344 N. Sheridan Ave. Stay tuned for the full story later in the month.

Apples from Kistaco Farm at the Farmers’ Market Coop of East Liberty.

Fresh salsas by Cinco de Mayo at the Farmers’ Market Coop of East Liberty.

Do any of you frequent a farmers market in the winter? If so, what do you buy?