Lola Hadley was wandering around at Earth Day when she overhead our photographer, Ted Coakley III, talking to someone about Moonshine Ink, and she dashed over to introduce herself. She inquired about doing an internship; he told her to email the reporting team. Lola wrote the email, below, that very evening.
Ted sent a note to the Ink team the next day and said he’d met a young woman who was “very eager to be involved in any way with Moonshine.”
“In addition to maybe getting what seemed to be a bright and enthusiastic person to help out if any of y’all need, it was a nice moment of optimism, to see someone so young so interested in carrying on in real journalism,” he wrote. “It was just a minute of talking, in passing, but I got a good feeling from that kid.”
Lola’s definitely got the chutzpah to be a reporter, and we’re happy to announce that she’s our summer intern this year. Read more about her below.
Our members’ support helps us to create an environment that fosters these bright lights for the future of journalism, like Lola. One of the joys of what we do is seeing the development of budding reporters. Moonshine Ink reporting alumni have gone on to get master’s degrees in journalism, work for national newspapers, and helm papers in other towns. Some have remained here, still contributing when they can.
Have you ever thought, “Hey, I think Moonshine should look into this”? Consider this: It’s incredibly expensive to do in-depth reporting. Each story we take on requires story development, a hearty amount of research, the delicate art of writing and editing, and visual-team magic. It’s our commitment to serve the community with high-quality journalism. If you would like to see it continue, we need your support. Join the people whose names are published on our members’ list and become a member today.
It’ll bring good feelings — and may even inspire a future budding journalist — we promise.