Matt Rasnic, a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in human-centered computing, currently finds himself in the middle of a job search. Through his academic studies, internships and work at the Indiana Daily Student, Matt has been preparing for his dream career for nearly four years.
However, one particular experience stands out when it comes to providing growth opportunities and education in wide-ranging journalism — his internship at The Post and Courier.
The Post and Courier is the premiere daily newspaper of Charleston, South Carolina and largest daily paper in the state. Here, Matt worked hands-on alongside experts in the field he plans to join post-graduation. The internship program primarily focused on the design needs of the newspaper, where he was able to hone his skills alongside professional news designers, editors, and a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Matt produced social media story content and designed interactive and print graphics to accompany stories. The most impactful project he worked on detailed suicide rates in South Carolina through graphic design. He felt that by adding informational graphics, the story told was enhanced and could allow the reader to have a deeper understanding of the information.
A career in news design would allow Matt to “work in multiple capacities doing more than one thing,” an idea he was able to gain clarity on through this internship.
The most rewarding moment of his time in South Carolina was when he finished designing his first front page. Although it was stressful, it was an immense learning experience that gave him real-world knowledge of the work that goes on behind-the-scenes in professional news organizations.
Afterward, the press operators gifted him with a copy of the printing press plate from his front page.
His only regret after participating in the program was that he didn’t research the climate of the region beforehand, which was “very hot, humid, and expensive.”