World-Herald fellow gets real-world lessons

Editor’s note: University of Nebraska-Lincoln journalism student Anna Reed spent the spring semester as an Omaha World-Herald fellow, a position that offers daily newspaper experience and college credit. With the semester over, here are her thoughts on the experience and some of her favorite images.

This semester has been awesome, much to the credit of the staff of World-Herald photojournalists that patiently helped me along the way.

Nebraska's Kale Kiser makes a diving catch in a game against Purdue game on April 22, 2012, at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. The Boilermakers won the game 8-3 and won the weekend series 2-1. ANNA REED/THE WORLD-HERALD

I’ve learned things this semester that can’t be taught in the classroom. I faced tough deadlines and high expectations, which helped develop my photography and gave me a better understanding of what working for a large daily newspaper is like.

I was the only photographer based in Lincoln, so Jeff Bundy, The World-Herald’s director of photography, assigned me to cover Husker sporting events quite often.

Nebraska's Caleb Walker, left, hugs Toney McCray as they celebrate the Huskers' 70-69 win against Indiana at the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln on Jan. 18, 2012. The crowd stormed the court after the final buzzer. ANNA REED/THE WORLD-HERALD

Basketball season was nonstop with two to three games a week. I practically lived at the Devaney Center. It certainly gave me a lot of practice with sports action and sports features.

Michael Pritchard keeps his eye on the ball during a running drill in the first practice of the Nebraska baseball season at Hawks Field in Lincoln on Jan. 27, 2012. This season is Darin Erstad's first as Husker head coach. ANNA REED/THE WORLD-HERALD

Weather features were also prominent, which isn’t a surprise in Nebraska. I spent some days waddling through snowdrifts up to my hips and others balancing on the dock of a lake, waiting for fish to bite.

Emah Maahs, 12, of Greenwood, Neb., holds up a sunfish she caught at Oak Lake Park in Lincoln on April 9, 2012. She threw it back after getting it off the hook. She and her cousin Chelsie LaRue spent the afternoon fishing on the dock. ANNA REED/THE WORLD-HERALD

I’ve learned a great deal this semester about the high demands and high rewards of working for large newspaper, and I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.

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