Student Information

Student Name

Edward Morales

Email

edwmor@epsd.org

Academy

IT

Internship Information

Company/Organization: County Seat Newspaper

Mentor(s):Lauren Zisa

Topic of Internship

Graphic Design

Background Information

The County Seat newspaper is a small, infant newspaper company that consists of eight people who work hard to get news around to five different counties within the County of Bergen: Hackensack, South Hackensack, Teterboro, Rochelle Park, and Maywood. This company was founded by Lauren Zisa, (Chief Editor) and her mother Gail Zisa (Publisher). They had tons of help from there well known father who is a big time lawyer known in many parts of New Jersey. The office in which the County Seat newspaper is located is in a small room inside a law firm (which belongs to Lauren’s father). It started about two to three years ago and has increased in readers since then. Every year approximately 249,000 newspapers get sent out within Bergen County. The company does not charge for their subscription to the paper, so what I haven’t figured out is how everyone gets paid. Working at the County Seat Newspaper has been very interesting. I came in doing nothing but web design and it frustrated me at times; I wanted to show my talent in designing ads, and at the same time build on what I want to major in. I have learned a lot, both in graphic design and in the business world: I have learned to use Adobe Illustrator, Quark, and Photoshop. Running a newspaper isn’t easy as I have observed. The company must receive profits: ads, articles, etc… I have done over a dozen ads and design for companies, special events, invitations and more. But recently I have been doing a lot of reporting. As you may know there is another intern working with me at the County Seat Newspaper, Yujie Ling, and together we go out to specific locations and cover stories. I am usually in charge of the photography and then color correcting the pictures. It has been pretty comfortable due to the Graphic Artist who guides me in enhancing my techniques in ad/graphic designing. Besides what I have learned physically I have also learned a lot mentally, like permanent mental notes. I communicate with several people about my future plans, school work, personal life, and so on, and usually I receive positive feedback to that only helps me. I have come a long way since my skeptical beginning, I am happy to say that I am glad I continued interning at the County Seat Newspaper.

Summary of Internship

Working at the County Seat Newspaper has been very interesting. I came in doing nothing but web design and it frustrated me at times; I wanted to show my talent in designing ads, and at the same time build on what I want to major in. I have learned a lot, both in graphic design and in the business world: I have learned to use Adobe Illustrator, Quark, and Photoshop. Running a newspaper isn’t easy as I have observed. The company must receive profits: ads, articles, etc… I have done over a dozen ads and design for companies, special events, invitations and more. But recently I have been doing a lot of reporting. As you may know there is another intern working with me at the County Seat Newspaper, Yujie Ling, and together we go out to specific locations and cover stories. I am usually in charge of the photography and then color correcting the pictures. It has been pretty comfortable due to the Graphic Artist who guides me in enhancing my techniques in ad/graphic designing. Besides what I have learned physically I have also learned a lot mentally, like permanent mental notes. I communicate with several people about my future plans, school work, personal life, and so on, and usually I receive positive feedback to that only helps me. I have come a long way since my skeptical beginning, I am happy to say that I am glad I continued interning at the County Seat Newspaper.

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