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The Winters Express is opening an internship program for young adults in the Winters area. In the past month the Winters Express brought on its first intern, but she has a name that has long been associated with the Express. Rosemary Hemenway, great grand-daughter of Fred Hemenway (owner from 1908-1934) and granddaughter of Harvey Hemenway, has come back to her newspaper roots. Hemenway is currently a student at Solano Community College, where she is majoring in photography. I decided to do an internship with the Express because I want to gain on the job experience in my field and learn about media production,” Hemenway says. She started with the Express over her summer vacation, and was then able to turn the side job into work experience credits at her school during the fall semester. Hemenway is specifically interested in photojournalism, which is one of her areas of study at Solano. So far she has photographed a variety of events all over Winters. Hemenway has covered the school shooting simulation at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School, the grand opening at EDGE Fitness Academy, the opening performance of Winters Theatre Company’s production of “All’s Well the Ends Well” and the street food at Earthquake Festival. Hemenway came to the Express for work experience instead of another news outlet because she is interested in the town. Winters is where I grew up, and I am interested in the changes that have happened since I was a child,” Hemenway says. Now, the Express is changing with Hemenway. The Winters Express will be expanding its internship program this September. Local students who are interested in gaining work experience, learning more about journalism and sharing their writing with the community are welcome to apply. Not only will interns have the chance to have their work published, they will also receive guidance on writing, conducting interviews and promoting content from the Express editors. There will be internship positions available for those interested in writing, editing or formatting. Interns will cover local events, high school sports and will also be able to pitch their own stories. Interns should be able to submit at least two articles a month, as well as arrange to attend bi-monthly meetings. At the meetings the interns will discuss their story ideas with an editor and learn how to improve their writing and reporting skills. Applicants who are interested in joining the internship program should submit a 300 word writing sample explaining why they are interested in applying for the internship program, and what they would hope to learn from the program. All questions and applications must be submitted to Contributing Editor Emma Johnson at emma@wintersexpress.com.  ]]>

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