Journalism intern Nicolle Wiekamp learning at Ravellette Publications

by Del Bartels

Nicolle Wiekamp is the new intern at Ravellette Publications of Philip. She began on Monday, February 27 and will complete the on-the-job training in the middle of May.

A news/editorial journalism student from South Dakota State University in Brookings, she is already a senior and needs only the internship time to graduate.

Graduating from high school in Clear Lake, a South Dakota town of around 1,100 residents, Wiekamp has learned to prefer weekly newspapers over the dailies.

“In the dailies, you get a lot of news off of the AP (Associated Press). Weeklies are about people you know. Readers scour their hometown newspaper for stories about what they know and for pictures of grand kids. Local papers can go more in-depth on a subject, while stories in the dailies may not affect you even indirectly,” said Wiekamp. “My Clear Lake paper published pictures of houses decorated for Christmas and you don’t even have to read the caption, because you know those houses just by the pictures.

“Some journalism has gotten so competitive. With the dailies, the Internet and the tabloids, some reporters will use others just to be the first to report on something. Some journalists think they have a right to know everything about everyone, with no regard to the privacy issue.”

Wiekamp would like to write the whole gamut of stories, but particularly about sports. “I have three older brothers. If you didn’t learn to talk about sports, you just didn’t talk to your brothers. Sports is one of the reasons I want to get into journalism,” said Wiekamp. I like basketball and baseball, and I ran cross country while in high school. I don’t agree that ‘its cool to do nothing.’ High school and college students still like or even love sports, while for many professionals it becomes just a job for them.

“My mother says that I am opinionated, so editorials would work well for me, though I am not that much into politics and I don’t know my range or subject matter yet.

“I love Philip so far. I look forward to meeting all these new people,” said Wiekamp. “I was filling up my car at the gas station, and four people waved at me. Everyone is so friendly; there are some super nice people here.”

While learning at Ravellette Publications, Wiekamp will help with the Second Half Century Year Book, and will help the Murdo and Kadoka newspapers with their centennial items.

“My exact plans for the future? Your guess is as good as mine. Lately, I haven’t had time to even think beyond next week.”