Two local high school students made career exploration visits to the Park Rapids Enterprise last week.

Kevin Jones, a senior at Menahga High School, dropped in on Nov. 20 with vocational counselor Brent Larson, who contracts with the Minnesota Department of Rehabilitation.

Editorial staff showed Jones the operation, from the newspaper archives and special sections to how photos are processed and stories are put together.

Later, Jones said the newspaper staff are “nice people” and observed, “People who work there have to be organized and detail-orientated.”

As for what he learned, he said the newspaper has a lot of options for work areas – from reporting to sales. “You can work at your home as a graphic artist, work with the community reporting events such as sporting events (and) outdoor events, work with other companies through advertising and marketing,” he said.

Jones also learned about photography, and noted that the newspaper industry has “a lot of history,” including an ongoing shift to online membership.

On Nov. 22 it was Maddison Massie’s turn. The Park Rapids Area High School senior sat in during the Enterprise’s production day for the Nov. 23 edition.

“It was definitely an experience that I enjoyed and learned a lot from,” said Massie. “Hearing how everything got done in a day and who all wrote what kind of article was interesting. I think I found sports writing the most interesting because you get to watch it more than interview people, even though you still have to sometimes.”

Massie also thought it was cool to look at the old newspapers in the archives.

“They definitely wrote different than now,” she said, “using a lot more big words.”

She called the experience “a visual on what I had been interested in” and said being in the actual newspaper office compared well to “just sitting in journalism class and being assigned what to write. I think I will look more into it and maybe even pursue it.”