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Southwestern University student majoring in history, Liliana Rodriguez, publishes her first news report for a local newspaper

Liliana Rodriguez is working on a summer internship for the Laredo Morning Times, where she applies skills she has learned in the history major and at Southwestern University. She published her first news report on June 22 and shares her experience.

“I spent the entire day going to various U.S. Army Reserve and Navy command posts, where military personnel such as doctors, nurses, opticians, engineers, and civil affairs personnel were providing various types of services to communities, specifically colonias, within Webb County. These services included medical needs and repairing infrastructure. The U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Navy, Webb County, and the Texas A&M Colonias Program partnered together to put on the event.”

“Although I was certainly a bit nervous, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a lot about what reporting entails. The only downside was that the rest of the crew (military troops, Webb County staff, camera man, executive director of Colonias Program, etc) and I had to be outdoors for long periods of time in over 110 degree weather. After the tour of these sites ended I came back to the office to write up the piece on this event that would be published on the following day’s newspaper (06/22).

“The following day I stopped at one of the gas stations to pick up a copy of the newspaper. I was pleased with how my publication came out. It felt very surreal to read something I wrote in the newspaper. It was something I never thought I’d do.”