PLCA is an ideal introduction to political reporting for young journalists. Coming into the internship, I had no experience covering state government, but I was trusted with important stories, given guidance and constructive feedback on my work, and even given the opportunity to pitch my own story ideas.
Even during another pandemic summer where newsrooms worked remote or hybrid, editors took care to make sure I was getting the experience I wanted, and made sure I could cover events and conduct interviews in person whenever I could. I covered Biden’s visit to a Macungie truck plant, a protest at the Capitol where four organizers were arrested, and Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to a business incubator in Bethlehem. I covered stories on hard-hitting topics like college student hunger, statewide unemployment and the push to increase Pennsylvania’s $7.25 minimum wage. Stories I covered for Spotlight PA and other outlets were syndicated across front pages all over Pennsylvania.
Being treated like a professional, full-time journalist is the best part of this internship — it gave me the confidence and skills I needed to grow as a journalist, and helped me land a full-time job once the summer ended. I can’t recommend it more for any college juniors and seniors interested in statehouse reporting!
Lindsay Weber, 2021 intern
Macalaster College, Class of 2021