Mortonite joins newsroom for the summer

Nathan Domenighini
Emily LaHood

No matter the current economic situation for the newspaper industry, Emily LaHood, 19, of Morton, said there will always be a need for journalism.

LaHood, going into her sophomore year at DePaul University in Chicago, is an avid reader and aspiring writer who said she joined for a summer internship with the Morton Times-News in June wanting to explore the journalism field and meet new people.

“People have to be informed,” she said. “If they’re not, it would be chaos.”

She recognizes the strengths of working at her hometown newspaper, mostly due to its involvement in a community like Morton.

“It’s nice with a small town because you get to be a part of all the activities,” LaHood said. “You can really get in touch with people in Morton.”

Journalism and writing are desires that developed after her childhood, she said.

“When I was little, I always said I wanted to be a doctor and mom,” she said. “But, I really didn’t like science.”

Instead, her experience in the arts — at 3 she began dancing — became a possible career choice. LaHood said her major is undecided, but she is leaning toward English with Spanish and Catholic studies.

While attending Morton High School, LaHood was involved in chorus, madrigals, musicals, Key Club, student council, laws and order, Circle of Friends, Interact and more.

“I was crazy involved in high school,” she said. “Activities got me involved in the town.”

Since she was 10 years old, she has had an active interest in theater.

LaHood said she is interested in editing and publishing fictional books in the future.

“It would also be really cool to freelance and travel with writing,” she added.