I post this from the comfort of my room at home in the Chicago suburbs while it's 40 degrees cooler than the daytime temperature in Miami. Oh, and not to mention the potential doom of incoming snow storms.
I finished my internship at the Miami Herald about a week ago and have only been home for three full days. Being home feels really weird, I just don't know what to do with myself! During my internship I got to shoot my first NFL game, first nationally televised college game, first NASCAR Sprint Cup Final, first rooftop soccer match, first Ironman and my first time working on a project that I generated and should be running any day now (police dogs are awesome). Lots of firsts!
Working at my college's newspaper a year ago really helped prepare me for a newspaper internship to get a better understanding of internal logistics. I'm not sure how to summarize my experience during the internship, but I can confidently say it helped me develop in multiple ways.
My favorite experience was working on my Miami Police K-9 story, I was able to spend a lot of time with the unit, trainers and the officer that was the focus of the story. The best part is that I'm probably going to stay in contact with some of the handlers. Once the story runs in the paper, I'll be making another post just on the story, but I included an action shot of the dog in this one.
|Juan Mejia of Miami, takes off his swim cap after completing the swimming portion of the Ironman in Miami on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Jon Durr/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Participants wait for their wave to be let in the water during the Ironman in Miami on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Jon Durr/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano #22 pits during the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead on Sunday, November 16, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Braxton Berrios (#83) is unable to make a catch in front of Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jalen Ramsey (#8) in the second quarter SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens on Saturday, November 15, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Miami Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor (#22) and outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins (#53, right) react after a pass intended for Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (#10) was incomplete at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Thursday, November 13, 2014. |
|Brasa's John Hickey (right) of South Miami battles for a ball against Arsenal FC's Jonathan Quiroz during the Red Bull Fiesta de Futbol, a rooftop soccer tournament in Miami on Saturday, November 22, 2014. |
|Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick #4 holds up the trophy after winning the Sprint Cup Series and the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead on Sunday, November 16, 2014. |
|Norland's Jahiem Lawrence (#90) reacts after his team's defeat by Carol City in Miami on Thursday, October 30, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Andres Hernandez-Ibanez, 8, of Key Biscayne (white shirt) and other children have fun in fake snow during Winterfest in the Village Green in Key Biscayne on Sunday, December 7, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Nancy Rouzier (left) of Miami holds a candle in memory of her son Reggie and Carole Heck of Palmetto Bay holds a candle in memory of her son Jamie Heck during the Compassionate Friends candle lighting vigil at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center in Miami on Sunday, December 14, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|A Miami Carnival parade participant before the start of the parade at the Miami-Dade Fairgrounds in Miami on Sunday, October 12,2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|| |
|Christina Sajous as Carment during a dress rehearsal of a new musical version of "Carmen" at the University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre in Miami on Sunday, November 9, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Alyson Ceballo, 23 months old, of Homestead tries to catch bubbles during the Harvest Festival hosted by LNR at the Association of Retarded Citizens' Project Thrive n Miami on Friday, October 24, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|A participant gets a drink at a water station during the Ironman in Miami on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Jon Durr/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick #4 leads Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin #11 during the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead on Sunday, November 16, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Police K-9 Nas leaps over a fence to get a toy Officer Stephanie Collazo held out for him as a reward during agility training in Miami on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|University of Miami guard JaQuan Newton (#0) is blocked by Howard Bison forward Tyler Stone (#32) at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables on Friday, November 14, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Florida State Seminoles cornerback Ronald Darby (#3) leaps on the shoulders of defensive back Jalen Ramsey (#8) after he made the game-ending interception against the Miami Hurricanes in the fourth quarter at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, November 16, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|
|Columbus' Juan Carlos De Los Santos (#33, center) celebrates with his team after beating Flanagan in Pembroke Pines on Friday, December 5, 2014. JON DURR/MIAMI HERALD STAFF|