Young Mens Prep celebrates achievements of its first senior class

admin | 6/14/2012, 8 a.m.

Miami Times intern, Calvins Jean-Son, among the graduates

Calvins Jean-Son, 18, who was amongst the very first graduating class at Young Mens Preparatory Academy in Liberty City, recalls his recent experience of interning at The Miami Times. I wanted to intern at The Miami Times because I like to write, Jean-Son said. I wanted the basic knowledge of working for a newspaper The Miami Times is a real, functioning newspaper and has been here for almost 90 years! Jean-Son, who begin working at The Miami Times in November, graduated from the Academy on June 7th. He said he plans to attend Miami-Dade College next fall to major in mass communications. The rewards of hard work It [writing and researching for The Miami Times] was very new for me and at first I felt intimidated and uncomfortable, he added. But then I met some of the writers and it was like a little family and it was cool because they all worked around my schedule and I got to do interviews. In recent weeks, Jean-Son interviewed Florida State Representative Dwight M. Bullard about the bullying epidemic currently plaguing the nation. The interview was all on me and [the editor] wasnt here, Jean-Son said. He had to rely on me to ask the questions and to articulate well. I got to talk to an actual Florida representative like he was just a regular person. Prior to working at The Miami Times, Jean-Sons only brush with the media was with his high school yearbook. But he says this new experience is one that will serve him well as he moves on to college and hopefully a career as a journalist. I felt I got a good understanding of how a newspaper works from the writing aspect, how people get good stories and the true way to interview, he said. I learned to be on time and especially discovered that deadlines have to be met that is really important. By Latoya Burgesslburgess@miamitimesonline.com