Joe LaRue says he has learned a lot about judgments and writing during his stint at The Paper.
Joe LaRue says he has learned a lot about judgments and writing during his stint at The Paper.
During the past few months, Joseph Charles LaRue, 20, has interned as a reporter journalist for The Paper of Montgomery County.
Born of French and Irish descent and raised in a small, suburban Dublin, Ohio, Joe and sister Katie are the children of Michelle and Troy LaRue. Joe says they taught him the power of communication that inspired him to become a journalist.
LaRue attended high school at Dublin Jerome High School. He worked summers for a sports bar and played video games with school-age children, or in other words, babysitting. He also worked for a fast-food chain. One summer, he catered to the many needs of the ultra-wealthy as a camp counselor in Pennsylvania.
While interning at The Paper, LaRue has written many articles with topics that range from wilderness backpacking Boy Scouts, to a police-related shooting and to Crawfordsville’s rating as one of the best cities to live in Indiana. But, he said his most intriguing story was focused on two brothers who were arrested on weapons and terrorism charges, and accused of manufacturing weapons for a terrorist group with connections to a Mexican cartel and ISIS. The brothers were arrested in, Fishers last month.
“Working for The Paper, I’ve learned more about writing and the technical components of writing an article,” LaRue, said. “This job taught me to push my initial judgments away. It’s really easy to start writing a story and researching and all of a sudden realize you have taken a side – if there are sides, of course. I think being able to step back, see the story as just information being transmitted and apply that to how you write the story (is important). It’s a critical skill, the ability to put yourself outside of the story, and be a neutral perspective.”
LaRue attends Wabash College and enjoys playing lacrosse. Entering his junior year of college, he double majors in English and rhetoric as well as minoring in political science.
LaRue hopes to take the knowledge he has obtained as an intern reporter for The Paper into the wider world of publications, dreaming of perhaps one day winning a Pulitzer Prize.