Hello, city of Kokomo! My name is Jacqueline Rans, and I’m excited to be the new sports reporter for the Kokomo Perspective.
I’m from, and currently live, north of Logansport, and I am a 2015 Caston Jr./Sr. High School graduate, where I spent many years participating in volleyball, cheerleading, and track. Besides being involved in a few other clubs, I was the editor for our yearbook my senior year, and this was where my writing career began.
I graduated from Purdue University Northwest in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in psychology. During my junior year, I took a class called “Creative Writing as a Profession,” and the study of this class was on how literary journals were created. The overall assignment for the semester was to create the school’s literary journal. For this, not only was I able to produce my own creative pieces of prose, poetry, and photography for it, but I also was one of the editors-in-chief, where I was able to gain more experience in writing.
Ten days after graduation, on Christmas Day, I packed my bags to head to Indianapolis for an internship as a press secretary at the Indiana Senate during the 2019 legislative session. Working at the Statehouse was a very fascinating experience to say the least. The building itself was exquisite and was filled with all kinds of compelling architecture, artwork, and history. The Supreme Court room brought me to tears with its beauty and antiquity. In fact, I was brought to tears a lot of days just in awe of the consequential moments of Indiana’s past that occurred, and were currently occurring there, and how I couldn’t believe I got to be a part of it.
Each press secretary intern was assigned six senators to work for and mine were Sens. Ron Alting, Eric Bassler, Phil Boots, Brian Buchanan, Jon Ford, and Mark Messmer. I met several other notable figures during my time there, such as the governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. congressmen/congresswomen, and all the other elected state officials, including our very own Sen. James Buck.
I spent my time there compiling news articles, drafting e-newsletters, writing news and photo releases, producing handouts, creating posts for the Senate Snapchat and Senate Internship Instagram accounts, photographing Statehouse activities, streaming committee hearings, and coordinating and transcribing media interviews. These experiences broadened my writing abilities to different media outlets, as well as prepared me to consider the kinds of topics and stories people care to read about.
After the internship was over at the end of April, I spent about two months searching for the right job for me with a lot of disappointments and dead ends along the way. I finally found the Kokomo Perspective, thinking it was a long shot they’d even want me, but fortunately, I heard back from them the same day I had my interview.
In the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and corresponding with local athletic directors, coaches, parents, and athletes in the community from the area high schools, little leagues, IU Kokomo, and the Jackrabbits. Everyone I’ve spoken with has been very welcoming and grateful to have me covering sports in Howard County, and I look forward to writing engaging articles for readers to enjoy.
Feel free to contact me with any leads on sports stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.