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Shutter Bug

06/06/2012

After landing an internship at the North Adams Transcript, Sarah Howard '12, from Wallingford, Conn., can't imagine a future outside of the newspaper business.

An art major, Howard wanted to complement her creative side. But she added an English minor soon after  starting a photography internship at the newspaper. She became interested in the business after taking a photojournalism class, taught by veteran Transcript photographer Gillian Jones '91.

"I saw the work she's done over the years and found it very intriguing," Howard said.

Now, she takes photos of everything from sports and town meetings to breaking news. "I edit them and write the captions and they actually go into the newspaper. I had no idea I would be so involved.  But I am completely obsessed with it.

"I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated, until I took this internship," she continued. "Providing the news, running off to breaking news - I can't picture myself doing anything else but working for a newspaper."

According to Jones, her intern has a great future ahead of her. She will miss Howard when she graduates in December.

"I don't even have to ask her to do stuff. She's great. She's always looking for something to do," Jones said. "You have to be very self-motivated in this job. She really latched right on to the internship and has been terrific."

Howard feels a great sense of responsibility not only to the campus community, but to the greater community, too, as she helps bring the news to the entire northern Berkshire region.

"It's on my shoulders to provide the newspaper with photos. It's a huge undertaking, but a great contribution," she explained.

Howard's dream job is to work at National Geographic magazine and travel to Africa to photograph wildlife there, or to work in a job where she'd travel the world to cover breaking news.

"MCLA has given me the mindset that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to," she said.

Howard picked MCLA because she works best in smaller groups, and because of the close-knit community the College offers.

"You can really get to know everyone on campus. Because it's so small, I feel like people are actually friendlier," she said. "I would have never picked a school that had lecture halls with 50-plus students in it. MCLA gives you the opportunity to get to know your professors and I really needed that for my college experience."

At MCLA, "I discovered that I am capable of a lot more than I thought I was. I would have never thought that I would be working at a publication every day.

"I love my job, and appreciate the opportunity that I was given," Howard continued. "I would have never imagined working at the North Adams Transcript. I can only thank Gillian Jones for giving me such experience. I hope to one day have as much experience under my belt as she does."