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Monday, January 21, 2008

New Intern Joins Staff

I am pleased to announce The Saline Reporter and Milan News-Leader have a new face reporting the news. Kevin Korpal, a senior at Eastern Michigan University studying journalism, is completing an internship at our papers. I've asked Kevin to concentrate the bulk of his time in Milan, so Milan readers please feel free to e-mail him with your story leads at In addition, Kevin will be producing the Saline Police Blotter. He visited the Saline Police Department for the first time Jan. 17 with staff reporter Brian Cox.

Kevin is working on a couple of assignments for our next edition, including a feature story on Christian Thompson, owner of Christian's Catering in Milan, who will participate in the Food Network's South Beach Food and Wine Festival in Miami at the end of February. Kevin attended one of Christian's cooking classes and I am anxiously awaiting the column he was assigned to write about the experience.

Kevin's experience includes classes in advanced reporting, copy editing, feature writing, newspaper layout and design and sports writing, which is his passion. He wants to branch out, however, into other areas and develop those reporting skills. I'd also like to see him get experience producing local videos, so if you have any ideas for that, please e-mail me at
We've also expanded our local video offerings, adding a local newscast. If you're available after 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, you could be our local newscaster. All you have to do is read a script based on the coming week's headlines and we'll video you. You can add your own personal commentary and personality or read it straight. Here's an example of our recent sports newscast. Other examples can be found on our Web sites and

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