Friday, January 2, 2014 || By Nicholas Samuel
We’re progressing into the new year with the addition of much-needed new talent
Maywood needs journalists now more than ever to uncover the hidden stories within the community. That’s where I come in. My name is Nick Samuel (pictured left) and I am determined to provide the Village Free Press and Maywood with hard-hitting news.
My skills range from reporting on the government, community and education beats to producing slideshows, videos and news packages.
While reporting for the Morris Daily Herald, I covered the Grundy County Government beat and produced two news stories daily, Tuesday through Saturday. At the Daily Herald, I reported on a variety of topics such as board meetings, county projects, budgets, taxes, bond financing and local events. I also covered the Lombard and Carol Stream areas while reporting for My Suburban Life Newspaper in Downers Grove. There, I covered human interest stories, business openings and anniversaries, board meetings, city projects and more.
As a contributing reporter for the VFP, I would provide Maywood with nothing but the best quality of news in both print and multimedia for different beats such as community news, education, crime and government.
I recently received my Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. While at Columbia, I learned important journalism skills such as covering city hall board meetings, reporting on unsolved homicide cases, producing multimedia packages and writing op-eds and interpretive pieces.
Multimedia is another passion of mine. Capturing the emotion on a mother’s face when she finds out her child’s school will soon close makes more of an impact on the viewer than just reading about it in the paper. I’m a backpack journalist, equipped with my pen, notebook, camera and tripod.
You got a story you want to tell? Send any news tips to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m ready to see what stories Maywood has to offer. VFP