Visitors to the Ohio Newspaper Association and AdOhio have been noticing two new faces in our office — they are Danielle Lanning and Josh Park, who joined our staff as interns for the summer. Both are recent graduates of Otterbein University and are halfway through their internships.
Lanning and Park first began working together before being hired at ONA. The two were writers for Otterbein’s student newspaper, the Tan & Cardinal, where Lanning co-authored her first article with Park. They were involved in a transitional period of student media at Otterbein, helping their weekly newspaper transform into a quarterly magazine and continuing the daily website, Otterbein360.com.
While earning her degree, she worked as editor for the university’s yearbook, bringing it back to hard copy, ironically, from a digital-only format. For Otterbein360.com, the Tan & Cardinal newspaper and T&C Magazine, she gained experiences as a copy editor, reporter, photographer, distribution manager and assistant business manager. Working as a university ambassador, she spoke on the phone with numerous alumni, parents and friends of Otterbein.
Lanning also had an internship last summer as an editorial intern for Ohio Magazine, part of the Great Lakes Publishing Company based in Cleveland.
During her time with the ONA, she is working on a variety of projects including the biweekly Bulletin and the OCOG report. After the internship, she is looking to pursue a career within the publications field: writing, editing, photographing and incorporating multimedia.
Park, the advertising intern for AdOhio, graduated from Otterbein as a double major in psychology and English with a concentration in creative writing as well as a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies.
Throughout his time in college, Park worked as a writer, copy editor and arts and entertainment editor for the Tan & Cardinal newspaper; diversions editor for Otterbein360.com; and editor-in-chief for T&C Magazine. He was also involved in the university’s literary magazine, Quiz & Quill, and feminist zine, Kate. During his last year as a student, he volunteered at Otterbein’s Women’s and Gender Resource Center as well as SafeZone, a recently-developed program in which students discuss LGBTQ issues with underclassmen.
At AdOhio, Park has ongoing projects to complete by the end of his internship. He is compiling videos for the website, creating presentations on clients, designing sales materials and completing a Plan of Action for a large Ohio company. Upon leaving his internship, Park plans to write for metropolitan newspapers and magazines while writing fiction in his downtime.
The paid internships are provided by the Ohio Newspapers Foundation and last for 10 weeks.