By JOHN M. WYLIE II
When recent OHS graduate Jarrett Hobbs lists himself as a “Renaissance man” on his business card, he isn’t kidding.
The newly-hired intern at the Oologah Lake Leader was brought on board for his computer and graphics programs skills, desperately needed as Faith Wylie continues to undergo increasingly time-consuming cancer treatment.
But in just over a week on the job, he already has worked in every department of the newspaper, from preparing registration materials for last weekend’s Fishing Derby to selling and designing a display ad; from shooting 200 photographs at the Derby and doing online photo selection of twice that many from him and another photographer; and from learning office procedures to fixing a couple of computer issues that have vexed the staff for months.
“Every day is interesting. Even the most menial assignments provide enjoyment.
“Two weeks out of high school and I feel like I’m part of a team,” he said. “Seeing the paper come together from bits and pieces is fascinating.”
Hobbs will study journalism and creative writing at the University of Arkansas in the fall. He said his choice was a natural progression from his love of history and the story telling process.
“I’ve always been a history buff. Journalism is the history of a second ago, and I’ve always liked story telling. If you can tell a factual story that you have no control over, then you can tell a fictional story far better,” he explained.
He had originally planned to study movie production “but journalism has everything” including use of various media from ink on paper to computers, television and audio to tell a story.
Hear what else Mr. Hobbs had to say, about his time in the Oklahoma State Senate, his Cherokee heritage, and his views and goals as he joins the Leader Team, all available in the Oologah Lake Leader on news stands Wednesday.