Foothills Forum welcomed our (first annual) summer intern on Memorial Day weekend.  Julia Fair joins us from Athens, Ohio where she’s entering her third year at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.  Julia came to Rappahannock by way of Bev Jones and Andy Alexander who are graciously hosting her at their Slate Mills home.  So far she’s undaunted by rural Rappahannock and is, in fact, looking forward to discovering the joys of life in the country.

Julia has this to offer on her background and her passion for journalism:

“In between classes and studying at school, I work for The Post, an editorially independent newspaper on campus that’s been around for over 100 years. I’ve covered the Athens County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Athens City Police Department. I really enjoy data driven, in-depth articles to show what’s really going on. 

Community based journalism allows me to see what’s happening just by having conversations with the people who have live here for years. It sounds kind of cliche, but they’re our readers and I feel like I’m doing a public service to them by keeping them informed about what’s going on in their hometown (or county).”