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When English major Morgan Albus ’03 (New Canaan, Conn.) begins working at Fox News in New York later this month, it will mark the second time this year that she has arranged and served a journalism internship on her own initiative.

Albus served an internship during the spring semester with The Morning Call, a daily newspaper based in Allentown, Pa. She spent three hours in the office for each of three days per week, joining the staffs producing the various sections of the newspaper.

During her stint contributing to opinion pages, Albus wrote 13 pieces that the newspaper printed as editorials. The subjects of the editorials ranged from national issues surrounding President George Bush and campaign finance reform to local issues such as a domestic abuse shelter and Easton Mayor Thomas Goldsmith. Her editor made “very minimal changes” to her work, Albus notes.

“The internship was a great experience,” she says. “I got a lot more out of it than I had expected.”

The experience continued a significant improvement in writing skills that Albus says was fostered by William Carpenter, assistant professor of English.

“My writing definitely has improved since I had his classes and worked for The Morning Call,” says Albus. “He was very supportive. What impressed me the most was his ability to pinpoint my weaknesses, which helped me to work on them. One of my editors at the newspaper said that my writing was very clear in its logical progression, which I had struggled with before taking the Creative Writing class with Professor Carpenter.”

Albus is president of Student Government, which she previously served as student life chair and secretary. She also is a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

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