Ben Wagner, Brussels Program
"At this point, I feel completely comfortable in going out on a story on my own (with a cameraman), setting up interviews and finishing the story without any help from a senior producer. That day at Parliament was incredibly validating because I literally built the story from the ground up, communicated with the Paris and Berlin offices about sending video and scripts and finished the story in a timely manner. It’s times like these where I really wish this internship when just a bit longer. But in the end, I feel like I’ve gotten everything I could out of this experience at Reuters. I never held back; I pushed as many boundaries as possible and I always came in looking to do even more than I had the day before. Sure, I definitely got knocked down a fair share of times and even made a fool out of myself in front of heads of state. But I think that’s really the only way you can truly learn what you’re capable of, and it’s certainly the only way you’re going to get better. So as a result of the whole process, I will leave Reuters and Brussels with absolutely no regrets or unanswered questions about journalism, and more importantly – about myself. Ultimately, I think that’s the best I could have asked for from my time here."
Emily Morris, London Program
"I’m having a few mixed feelings about the end of the program, which is coming up in the imminent future. On one hand I feel as if I’ve come to the point when I’ve learned just about the most I can from my internship and I am ready to move on. On the other hand, it has been an incredible learning experience and it will feel strange to leave it. I’m hoping everything comes together well for our last issue, as my stories are more complex and involved than they have been before."