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Roswell native joins staff as summer intern

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Appen Media Group welcomes a new summer intern to the newsroom.

Conner Evans has joined the editorial staff at Appen Media for the next few months.

Evans, a Roswell native and graduate of Centennial High School, is a rising sophomore at the University of Richmond. He plans to double major in English and journalism.

When he’s not in class at Richmond, he is the new music director of the campus radio station, WDCE 90.1 FM. He is also on Richmond’s improv comedy team and club Quidditch team.

He works on campus at a salad bar, and occasionally writes for the newspaper, though he has now shifted his writing focus to the radio station’s website.

“I hope to bring a love of writing here,” Evans said. “I do so much in my free time that somehow my radio co-host and I wrote a 70-page radio drama, which will hopefully air sometime this fall. I also hope to bring some energy and curiosity that might spark some interesting story ideas while I’m here.”

Evans said he wanted to intern at his local newspaper to learn how reporting and journalism operates at the foundational level.

“Local news is where everything started and print has always interested me more than other media,” Evans said. “I’ve been getting the Alpharetta-Roswell Herald for as long as I can remember. In fact, I can recall my high school lacrosse team landing on the cover a few times. Appen Media seemed like the perfect place for me to try out real reporting and see if it was something that I would want to continue doing in the future.”

This summer, he hopes to gain as much experience as possible, becoming a better interviewer and improving his writing ability through working at Appen.

After his first week with the company, an article Evans wrote was on the cover of the Alpharetta-Roswell Herald.

“I was kind of shocked to see my first story grace the cover of the Herald, especially because it’s one of the first times I’ve ever used a real camera in my life,” Evans said. “It certainly became refrigerator material at home and made me feel accepted as part of the team here at Appen. Hopefully I’ll keep getting fun and important stories to cover for our community, which will also make my mom happy when she sees my byline.”

June 13, 2018

Hans Appen