Caleb Hennington, an Arkansas State University graduate, recently joined the newsroom at The Saline Courier as a page designer.
Hennington, a native of Hamburg, a small town in south Arkansas, received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism as an honor graduate in May 2014.
"I couldn't be happier to have Caleb on the editorial team," said Brent Davis, editor. "He has jumped right in and, although he has only been here a few weeks, it's hard to imagine him not being with us. "Along with Sarah Perry and Bobbye Pyke, Caleb will be integral in a new, younger perspective to the paper and our increased digital presence through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and our website,"
Not exactly knowing what to do in college, he took a suggestion from his mother and pursued journalism.
"I had no exposure to journalism prior to enrolling at A-State, and it was really hard at first to get the hang of the certain style and process of writing news stories," he said.
Most of his experience comes from his time at the student newspaper,The Herald, where he eventually served as editor.
Hennington chose The Saline Courier because of the potential growth and opportunity, he said.
"Being 30 miles from Little Rock gives me a lot of opportunities to see, participate in and cover a lot of cool stuff," he said. "I'm glad I was given the opportunity to work here."
Hennington's job entails designing pages, posting stories on The Saline Courier website and social media sites and working with other reporters on "The Millennial Experience," a page published in Monday's edition that is geared toward younger readers.
"I've been give the opportunity to hone my design skills, which were lacking compared to my writing skills, and make something I can be proud of," he said.
Hennington is currently living with his brother, Kyle, who is the lead graphic designer at Hooten's Publishing, and his sister-in-law, Brianna, a trainer at Fitness Unlimited.