New appreciation for the Friendly City

Brigid McNutt
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Three months and a satisfyingly high stack of papers later, and here it is Moose Jaw — my final column as intern for the Times-Herald. It feels surreal to be writing this, as my time here has flown by. I think back to my first days here, when Main Street was abuzz for Sidewalk Days, and summer camps were just starting up. It’s amazing not only how quickly the time passed, but the lessons I learned and the growth made in that time.

Thank you Moose Jaw for being a part of this incredible learning experience of mine. Thank you for your conversations, your kindness and your stories. Thank you for calling me out on my mistakes and keeping me challenged. You warmly welcomed me into the city, and it didn’t go unnoticed.

This has been my introduction to the real world of journalism. Apart from classroom exercises and discussions, I really had no idea what being a part of a newsroom felt like. I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming team to join. They put up with my constant questions, and kept me calm and always giggling. It was a safe and supportive environment to learn in, which was just what I needed.

Some days I would be feeling stressed or unmotivated, but after doing an interview or streeter with a friendly stranger, I always felt better. The many people I met here who were working hard to better their community and to keep Moose Jaw vibrant always brought me inspiration, as did their kind smiles and encouraging words.

Coming to Moose Jaw from Regina, I really did not know what to expect. I had done all of the touristy things, but had no experience with anything off of Main Street. I was not expecting there to be so much going on in the city, and was pleasantly surprised by all of the arts, culture and sporting events held in the city. I discovered that Moose Jaw really deserves its title of the Friendly City, and I will be returning to Regina with a new respect for it. Know that your friendliness is noticed and appreciated; it’s beautiful quality that I hope never fades.  

My time as intern wraps up on Friday, and then I’m off on my next adventure—I’m travelling in Southeast Asia for two months until school starts up again in January. The last of the four interns coming from the University of Regina’s School of Journalism in my year will be coming next, and I know he’ll make a great addition to the Times-Herald team.

Thank you for everything Moose Jaw. This has been my time as intern at the Times-Herald, in a nutshell.

Organizations: Times-Herald, University of Regina, School of Journalism

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Friendly, Regina Southeast Asia

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