Meet Mirror's new intern | My Turn

Alisa Gramann - Contributed photo
Alisa Gramann
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In all my 20 years, my permanent address has never been more than a hop, skip and a jump away from Federal Way.

I lived first in Kent, and for the last 15 years I have lived in SeaTac with my parents, siblings, cats and fish.

I was homeschooled until 2010, when I began classes at Highline College through the Running Start program. I graduated in June 2012 with an Associate’s degree emphasized in journalism. Despite being quiet and shy, my years at Highline helped me discover that I love people and to tell their stories. And I’m not too bad at it, if I do say so myself.

After Highline, I moved to Western Washington University in Bellingham to learn new skills and refine the ones I already had. I somehow managed to cram the entire journalism major curriculum, as well as several history and Japanese language classes, into two years. I didn’t always have a life outside of school, but I enjoyed my two years — struggles, trials and all.

In August I will finally be done with school, for now. What comes after that, I don’t know, but until I have to make that decision, I will dedicate my time and energy to serving the Federal Way community with my pen (or keyboard).

I am excited to have the opportunity to engage in what we call community journalism — working at a small newspaper that can provide local news that is always relevant to readers. As a member of the Federal Way Mirror’s news team, I look forward to telling the unique stories of Federal Way.

I find myself drawn to journalism for two reasons. I enjoy telling stories, but I view my job as a higher calling too. I see myself as a voice for others and as a tool for change, if necessary. By sharing information with the community, I hope to enable the people of Federal Way to create the best possible community, whatever that looks like.

For the next two months, I will give Federal Way and the Mirror my best efforts as an intern. I still have a lot to learn — isn’t life a continuous journey of learning anyway? — but my list of awards and scholarships from my colleges, as well as Washington Press Association and Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, can attest to my strong work ethic and ability to learn and meet high standards.

I don’t have a Federal Way zip code, but the area I call home has always stretched across city lines to include Federal Way, among other areas. I care about Federal Way and its stories. I hope the community will partner with me for these coming weeks to help share individual stories and experiences with the community at large.


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