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ECU student joins News-Star team this summer

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Hello! My name is Galen Hawes and I am interning with The Shawnee News-Star this summer as a reporter. I graduated from Okemah High School in May 2017 and received my Certificate of Completion from the Wes Watkins Technology Center Multimedia Specialist program that same year. Attending Wes Watkins Tech Center is how I discovered my love for journalism. When I started taking courses there, I already knew that I loved writing, but I found my passion for photography and photo editing.

I started my college career at East Central University in August 2017 with a major in Mass Communications. Shortly after, I started working for the Communications and Marketing office on campus where I am still employed. In 2018, I interned with The Ardmoreite in Ardmore through a grant from the Oklahoma Press Association for the summer. During my internship at The Ardmoreite, I learned how to write a lead paragraph for an article, how to gather the information needed to develop an article, and how to photograph sports. I believe that the internship gave me some much-needed workplace experience.

In the summer of 2019, I interned with the Human Resources department at LegalShield in Ada and learned about phone etiquette, how to handle a conflict on the job, how to prepare for new employee orientations, and how to recruit employees.

After returning to college for the Spring 2020 semester, I applied for another OPA internship. I had interviews with a couple of other newspapers but found my place here at the News- Star. I am very excited to learn more about the newspaper business, such as how to design newspaper pages.

I will start my senior year of college at ECU in the Fall. Until then, I am looking forward to gaining new experiences and meeting new people during my time at the News-Star.

I would love to work with the community to gather stories that our readers want to hear about. If you are interested in helping provide information or want to suggest a topic to hear more about, please email me at