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Sandbulte joins Sentinel as intern

Friday, June 1, 2012

Eric Sandbulte has always loved reading news.

Now he'll be writing it.

Sandbulte, of Sioux Center, is interning with the Daily Sentinel this summer and will be hitting the streets to cover local news.

A senior at Northwestern College, in Orange City, Sandbulte is majoring in writing and rhetoric with a minor in political science.

When Sandbulte was a freshman, he found a college professor's writing course so enjoyable that it convinced Sandbulte to pursue a career in the field.

From there, the jump to writing news, specifically, was easy.

"It's what I felt most at home with -- I'm always following the news closely," he said. "I like to stay informed. I've always enjoyed news and politics."

Sandbulte admitted his study breaks in college usually involved visiting news websites like CNN to get his daily dose of news, following national events and topics like the election cycle.

"That's how I take my break," he said. "I usually do it multiple times throughout the day."

At the Daily Sentinel, Sandbulte will be busy.

He will cover local events with the news staff, conduct interviews, take photos and contribute stories to the paper.

Sandbulte has already written stories for the Northwestern College newspaper, the Beacon, and for the Orange City Capital Democrat. And this fall, he'll start work as a teaching assistant for a writing professor at Northwestern College.

This summer internship at the Daily Sentinel could be a taste of what Sandbulte hopes to do after graduating from Northwestern in 2013.

"I'd like to get started in a local paper and hopefully stay in the area," he said.

Family ties are influencing his desire to work in northwest Iowa.

"I'm always used to being surrounded by them, and I'd like to continue that," Sandbulte said.

His father alone has eight siblings, all married, and his grandfather was one of 11 children.

"I have plenty of aunts, uncles and cousins," Sandbulte said, laughing.

When the college senior isn't covering news for the Daily Sentinel or working at Hy-Vee in Sioux Center, he likes to catch a few cartoons on TV.

"I love cartoons," he said with a grin.

He came to this love more recently. Growing up, his family didn't have cable TV until about 2004.

"All of a sudden I have access to cartoons, and it really stuck," he said.

Sandbulte's current fave: "Phineas and Ferb," an animated Disney comedy series that follows Phineas and his British stepbrother Ferb through romping adventures.

"The humor -- it's very smart. The writing is very clever and witty," Sandbulte said. "It's just a fun show."

And while the Sioux Center writer loves news, if he was given the chance to write for a cartoon show, he wouldn't think twice.

"Oh yeah, I'd do it," Sandbulte said.

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