Yamhill Valley News-Register

In my 10 weeks interning at the Yamhill Valley News-Register, I published just shy of 50 stories. These included event coverage, features, news, profiles and previews. I pitched most of my ideas and almost every issue of the biweekly paper featured my work on the front page. I also took a few of my own photos when needed, and always coordinated with my editors and other reporters while interning.  Here is a sample of my work at the McMinnville, Oregon based paper, which publishes in print and online and has a circulation of about 10,000.


Aesthetics to be prioritized in coming years


Lucy and Darrell King were accustom to caring for the overgrown weeds in their neighborhood, even though McMinnville's Public Works Department is responsible for upkeep. After publishing this article about the Kings and the city's budget restraints, the News-Register wrote an editorial about the issue of park maintenance at large. Public Works created a new maintenance job the next week.


Calligrapher finds beauty in words


Instead of buying wedding invitations for her daughter, McMinnville's Susan Newby created them herself. She designed the cards, lettering included, then wrapped all 80 in envelopes graced by hand-calligraphed addresses.  She's always finding words to calligraph, noting "that's kind of like my call in life: to make beautiful things."

Dogs lend ears to kids reading at Mac Library

While kids are often corrected as they read in school, dogs at the McMinnville library only listen. Coordinators of the Read to a Dog program hope their trained therapy animals encourage children to read in the judgement free zone. I wrote and photographed this piece about the program.


Turkey Rama returns despite absence of some traditions


It's been more than 50 years since McMinnville started hosting Turkey Rama, a festival that pays tribute to the area's past abundance of turkeys. Some long-time festival goers weren't pleased with the absence of decades old turkey-centric traditions at this year's event, but tried to adapt.

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