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With Gary Lowder
The Write Team
My name is Gary Lowder. I’m a professional writing major at Blackburn College and just completed my freshman year. While I was at Blackburn I worked for the student newspaper, The ‘Burnian.
Working at The ‘Burnian gave me my first real taste of writing for newspapers. I loved it, I couldn’t get enough. That’s why I am so thankful for the opportunity to write for the Enquirer-Democrat as an intern.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you’re dead either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” I subscribe to this philosophy wholeheartedly. A writer with nobody to read their work is absolutely worthless. I see no point in writing for yourself or writing things that no one will ever see. Working at newspapers I get to see the circulation of my writing in print, where it goes, and who reads it. Even more exciting is that I get feedback. Not all of it is polite… but I’m able to learn from most of it.
This is what makes newspapers such an exciting media form! Hundreds of people have to read what you write in order to know what’s going on around them. Most of the time the information provided in the article is going to provoke a reaction. It’s the most flattering thing in the world to think that my writing may cause people to think differently or express emotion.
Nobody wants to read anything a college student has written, but they’ll grit their teeth if it’s vital information and they’ll surely tell you what they think of it.
I’ve been with the Enquirer-Democrat for six weeks now and in my time here I’ve had the pleasure of working in several departments. All of them are completely different and there is something to learn in all of them. This being said, there is no better feeling than having your work on the front- page and seeing it shipped across the state. Thank you for reading my articles and thank you for letting me write for you.