Meet the Interns: Ariana Babcock

Forest Lake native aspires to report

Kailey Hanson
Times Intern

Ariana Babcock

Ariana Babcock

Forest Lake native Ariana Babcock has returned for another summer as an intern for the Forest Lake Times.

A 2013 Forest Lake High School graduate, Babcock recently finished her first year at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She hopes to graduate early in December of 2016 with the help of PSEO classes. Her studies are aimed towards a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, and she may pursue a minor in photojournalism.

At school she spends an abundance of time working in another form of mass communication: television.

“I worked at (the Fargo news station) almost every single night,” Babcock said.

In the KVRR-Fox studio Babcock’s duties as a production assistant include running the cameras and teleprompter, balancing audio, and editing newscast teasers.

Last summer Babcock’s work at the Times involved writing articles. This time around she is going in a different direction.

“Now I hope to focus more on video production and online things,” she said.

Aspiring to be a news reporter, Babcock’s main goal this summer is to put together a full news package, similar to that of a television broadcast.

Babcock is appreciative toward the Forest Lake Times and its staff.

Ariana Babcock edits a video in the Forest Lake Times office Thursday afternoon. When she isn’t in the Times newsroom or the KVRR-Fox television studio in Fargo, Babcock loves to sing. The Forest Lake native has performed the national anthem at many high school and college athletic events. (Photo by Kailey Hanson)

Ariana Babcock edits a video in the Forest Lake Times office. When she isn’t in the Times newsroom or the KVRR-Fox television studio in Fargo, Babcock loves to sing. The Forest Lake native has performed the national anthem at many high school and college athletic events. (Photo by Kailey Hanson)

“They’re a really respected newspaper, and (editor Clint Riese) is really good at his job,” Babcock said. “When I approched him he was very willing to give me a chance and the opportunity.”

You may find this sprightly intern running around with her video camera this summer at the Arts in the Park series or taking pictures of the Fourth of July celebration. Such public assignments appeal to the 18-year-old.

“(I hope to) get more familiar with the public and gain their trust,” Babcock said. “And just meet all sorts of people, because you never really know who you’re going to run into one day and how they can help you or how you can help them.”

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