Luray: Cover local government for three towns, write news articles on whatever pops up, work on occasional feature articles, take pictures.
Charleston: Read over articles, look for grammatical errors, design pages, put articles on the website.
I had experience doing page design in high school and college; eight school years of using the programs and doing stuff. So, I knew what I was doing when I got here, I just needed to familiarize myself with the Charleston way of doing things.
I would say after about three months, I started feeling like more a part of the crew, as opposed to a new guy working here fumbling around.
Below, is a sampling of what I've done during my time in Charleston.
Above is the first page I designed for the newspaper, on my first day. They had me play around in the design program for a while, and after seeing that I had an idea of what I was doing, they let me do this.
I will admit to getting slightly political with this Donald Trump article. I thought it would be hilarious to put a picture of Trump giving a thumbs up to an article talking about how wrong he was.
After a while I got to design the "Valley & State" section, which is essentially like a secondary front page inside the newspaper. There's a little more freedom for creativity and experimentation.
I enjoy throwing in a good pun wherever I can.
That last picture is two of my columns for the opinion section in the computer system, waiting to be printed. More on that later...