2003-07-25 / Community

Three Interns Join Wave For Summer

Three Interns Join Wave For Summer

Roth, Hallissey and Lander at The Wave office.Roth, Hallissey and Lander at The Wave office.

Three summer interns have been busy researching and writing stories for The Wave this summer as part of an ongoing program of training young journalists as well as those who are contemplating journalism as a career.

Regular readers of The Wave will recognize the bylines immediately, because each of them has turned out a number of high-profile stories so far this summer.

The three are Elizabeth Roth, Tommy Hallissey and Mara Lander.

Roth and Hallissey are students in the highly-respected journalism program at Hofstra University in Hempstead. Lander is a student in the writing program at the University of Michigan.

They have added a new dimension to the reporting in The Wave this summer, according to managing editor Howard Schwach.

"Each of the three brings a strength to The Wave," Schwach said. "Fresh ideas and fresh perspectives are always welcome at a newspaper, and they provide both."

"They have also taught an old-timer like me something new about getting facts from the Internet and using sites such as Google for research," Schwach added.

Roth has lived in Rockaway her entire life, attending PS 114, MS 180 and Bishop Kearney High School prior to entering the Hofstra program.

Although she really would like to become a travel writer, she welcomes the challenge of the variety of stories she has come to at The Wave.

"I just want to write as much as I can," she says.

Lander was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in Rockaway. She attended PS 114, Mark Twain JHS, and Kingsboro HS prior to entering the University of Michigan.

At UM, Lander is studying writing and world religions.

She would like to find a position that allows her to write both political and religious speeches.

"My position at The Wave gives me lots of opportunities to develop both my writing and my research skills," Lander says.

Hallissey, who was born and raised on Long Island, will graduate from Hofstra in December with a BA in Print Journalism. He is active as a deejay at the university’s radio station, WRHU. After graduation, he hopes to become a reporter.

He came to The Wave to get some news clips in his portfolio for when he looks for a permanent position after graduation.

"This is the best group of interns that we’ve had during my tenure at The Wave," Schwach says. "I wish that I could keep them with us all year long."

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