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Meet the new faces at the Budgeteer

If you've picked up the Budgeteer the past few weeks, you've probably noticed some new names in the bylines. Two interns, Clara Hatcher and Sarah Alabsi, have joined the paper's staff for the summer. The eager young reporters are already getting ...

Sarah Alabsi
Sarah Alabsi

If you've picked up the Budgeteer the past few weeks, you've probably noticed some new names in the bylines.

Two interns, Clara Hatcher and Sarah Alabsi, have joined the paper's staff for the summer. The eager young reporters are already getting to know community members, writing stories and shooting photos.

Hatcher is a recent graduate of Duluth East High School, where she wrote for the school's student newspaper. After her summer at the Budgeteer, Hatcher will spend a year in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program beginning in October. She plans to study corporate communication and public relations at Marquette University in Milwaukee beginning in fall 2014.

Hatcher is originally from Canandaigua, N.Y., and has been in Duluth for six years. She's a second-generation journalist: Her father, John Hatcher, is a former newspaper reporter and is currently a journalism professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

"I like telling people stories," she said. "I like that the Budgeteer is local and small enough that we can tell stories about people that are relevant to readers throughout Duluth."

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Alabsi, who grew up in Duluth, recently completed her junior year at East High School, where she also writes for the school newspaper. She plans to begin applying for colleges this fall.

Alabsi said she applied for the internship upon the recommendation of previous interns. She wants to someday use her journalism experience to write about new technology in the neuroscience field.

"It's a good way to test the waters," she said. "I was interested in doing the internship because I want to get a real, in-depth look into the journalism field."

Hatcher and Alabsi were able to join the Budgeteer thanks to support from the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Pohlad Internship Program, which provides an opportunity for high school students to get real-world journalism experience at newspapers throughout the state.

Clara Hatcher
Clara Hatcher

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