This summer I have not only been writing for Mother Nature Network, but also for my local paper, the Hibbing Daily Tribune. Technically I'm on the staff as an intern, but I feel as if I am some sort of super-intern with the amount of responsibility that I have. Basically, I write a story a day, which sometimes is easy and sometimes is very difficult. The topics for my stories range in about a billion different directions.
One of my personal favorites dealt with an ecological topic -- that of techno trash. What happens in a community when a cell phone no longer works, or a television set finally fails to turn on, or a DVD player you accidentally dropped won't read discs anymore?
During the course of my research, I spoke with local authorities in waste management, cell phone distributors and several individuals who have taken it upon themselves to get the job done. I discovered that my hometown of Hibbing actually has a pretty darn good system for it.
I can't reprint the article directly here, but I can share the link:
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I personally think it's a great story idea for any interested journalist or person interested in finding out more about how their community works.