Newspaper reporting while in school
Model senior experiences newspaper reporting while in school
Posted on 01/27/2011
Chelsea Latta, a senior at Model High School, is hoping to turn a passion for writing into a career. Ms. Latta is working as a reporter with the Rome News Tribune as a part of the Floyd County Schools Youth Apprenticeship Program. Chelsea has worked as an intern at Rome News Tribune since January of last year. She is currently a senior at Model High and plans to use her experience to pursue a career in journalism. 

When initially interviewing for the Youth Apprenticeship Program, Latta planned to attend the University of Georgia and major in Journalism. Melissa Pyle, coordinator of the Youth Apprenticeship Program, interviewed Latta for the internship opportunity. She said, “Chelsea is a well-rounded young lady who has done volunteer work at a nursing home, active in her community and active at Model High.” Latta has participated on the MHS tennis team, the cross country team, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She entered the program with a 3.923 grade point average at Model. Pyle added, “She is a very well-rounded, personable student who always strives to do her best in every endeavor.” 

Latta credits Pyle and Sarah Tebo, night city editor and her mentor at Rome News, with furthering her knowledge in the field of journalism and focusing her love of writing into a career. “I was given the opportunity to expand my passion of writing,” Latta said. Tebo has also been impressed with Latta’s talent, preparation and drive. “Chelsea has been such a great addition to the newsroom team,” Tebo said. “Her writing has grown very strong in the year she's been with us, and she's a pretty good photographer too.” You can look for Latta’s byline in future editions of the Rome News. Her articles usually end with " Chelsea Latta is an intern from MHS".

The Youth Apprenticeship Program prepares high school students for technical and non-technical careers in health care, business, manufacturing and many others. The three to six-year, industry-driven program incorporates classroom instruction with on-the-job training. The program enables young teens to experience "real world" work experiences related to their career goals while still in high school. ‘This experience has verified that journalism is my passion,” Latta said. “If it weren't for my internship at the Rome News-Tribune, I wouldn't know how much I love to write for the community.”

Latta has covered a wide array of topics for her articles in Rome News. Below are links to articles written by Chelsea Latta. The article links were provided by Rome News Tribune.
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