Intern brings social media savvy to The Compass

By Jeff Kurowski | The Compass | June 3, 2015

Samantha Pallini, NDA and Bradley University graduate, joins diocesan newspaper staff for summer

ALLOUEZ — Samantha Pallini is serving as an intern in the editorial department of The Compass prior to beginning law school at Syracuse University in late August. Working for a newspaper is nothing new for Pallini, 22. Last year, she served as editor-in-chief of The Scout, the student newspaper at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

Samantha Pallini, a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, has joined The Compass staff as a summer intern. A 2015 graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., she served as editor of the university’s student newspaper. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)
Samantha Pallini, a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, has joined The Compass staff as a summer intern. A 2015 graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., she served as editor of the university’s student newspaper. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Three years ago, any involvement with a newspaper seemed unlikely for Pallini, who graduated this spring with bachelor of arts degrees in both Spanish and public relations. During her sophomore year, she took a journalism class as a requirement but had no interest in the field. The course professor invited her to write a news story.

“He told me, ‘You write really well, you should just try it,’” she explained. “I told him I didn’t want to write for newspapers.’”

Pallini said she didn’t like it initially and was hesitant to continue on. However, after a talk with the news editor and another shot at a story assignment, she said she ended up finding her niche. Before she knew it, she became the copy editor of The Scout and eventually was offered the editor-in-chief position toward the end of her junior year.

Last year, The Scout earned third place general excellence among student newspapers in Illinois behind Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University. Pallini, a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, explained the struggles the staff had to overcome.

“We were in debt and had little social media presence or advertising,” she said. “By the end of the year, we had made a substantial enough profit, had fully functioning social media sites and ran a lot more ads every week. We had 25 to 30 people who were involved with the paper. It was absolutely a team effort.”

Her editorial skills will be beneficial in the law profession, she added.

“It helps a lot with interviewing and research,” she said. “That’s how I found out that I love doing research. Also, getting to know people and networking is necessary as the editor of a newspaper on a college campus if you want to be successful. That translates into law.”

Pallini, the daughter of Jeff and Tina Pallini, members of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay, said she is interested most in pursuing constitutional or human rights law. While at Syracuse, she will also have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree.

Writing, photography and website work will be among Pallini’s duties with The Compass.

“I want to keep my skills fresh and be ready to roll when I get to law school in the fall,” she said. “The best way to do that was to continue working and writing. It’s about expanding my skills, and why not use them somewhere that has a mission that I believe in?”

Pallini will be implementing Instagram into The Compass social media.

“I’m going to develop the protocol of what we post and how we post on it,” she said. “Instagram is the up and coming. People from the ages of 16 to 34, that’s where Instagram is right now. I’m going to try to use that demographic and get them pulled into The Compass through Instagram.”

Pallini, who was active as a lector and Koinonia retreat leader at St. Mark Church in Peoria, said she is thankful for the faith component of her internship.

“I think it’s awesome that I get to come to work and have the opportunity to attend Mass every day,” she said. “That’s something you will not have the opportunity to do anywhere else. I will be able to develop my faith and develop my writing skills, which are two important things to me.”

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