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Story starts here: Embarking on my journalism journey

Niki Hovatter

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has something that makes them unique, whether they are president of the United States or president of the local school board.

I hope to give a voice to the community and give a voice to the people as a news intern. However, I would first like to tell you my story.

Let me start out by saying that I grew up in Forest Lake, Minn., which is located in the land of the Vikings and 10,000 lakes. It was during my college career at UW-River Falls that I was converted into a Wisconsinite.

During my college years I did gain an appreciation for Wisconsin cheese, especially Ellsworth cheese curds. However, I confess that I will never don the green and gold and become a Packers fan.

I graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications and minors in journalism and Spanish. This past school year I worked for the UWRF Student Voice newspaper and am proud to now be an intern for the River Falls Journal.

Before all of that, I had a very prestigious break into the news industry. I had the honorary position of being anchor for the elementary school announcements. I dreamed of becoming a news anchor and skipped recess to type up scripts and practice my lines.

Since my elementary school days, I have kept writing and telling stories. I have crumpled up countless rough drafts, spent far too many hours staring at computer screens and drank concerning amounts of coffee. 

Why do I devote so much energy to telling stories, you may ask? I will answer that question with a quote: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This phrase, while cliché, is my life mantra.

Many argue that journalism is irrelevant in this digital age. However, the opposite is true.

Journalism is needed now more than ever. Novels have turned into text messages. Conversations have turned into tweets.

In this increasingly fast-paced world, readers are becoming more and more confused. We need journalists to cut through the clutter and represent people. Without journalists, the voice of the people would largely be silenced.

This is why I continue to gravitate towards journalism in all stages of my life. The thrill of journalism is hard to match.

Besides having journalism gigs, I have been involved in other career areas. This past summer, I was the event planning intern for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and helped plan events like River Falls Days. I also enjoyed being involved with campus activities and leadership roles during my time at UWRF.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and dog, Anna. I also enjoy conversations, car rides and karaoke.

I would like you to remind you to sound off your voice. Let me know if you have questions, comments or ideas.

Feel free to keep in touch with me at 715-426-1051 or nhovatter@rivertownsnet. Also check out my blog:

Editor’s note: Niki Hovatter began her 10-week summer internship at the River Falls Journal May 21.