Elizabeth Herbert has been named the summer intern for The Slatonite.
Herbert is a senior journalism student at Texas Tech University. She studied business at Texas Tech University for two years before deciding she wanted to pursue her passion for storytelling and love of connecting with community members.
Herbert began working at The Daily Toreador, the student-run newspaper for Texas Tech University, as a news reporter before being promoted to assistant news and features editor. She wrote various articles and stories while working on the editorial board and learned an “incredible amount” from those around her.
Herbert comes from a family of six: she is the youngest of four siblings with two older brothers and an older sister. Her father’s job moved her family six times, but she considers Texas home.
Herbert visited Texas Tech University as a junior in high school and immediately felt comfortable in Lubbock County.
“Although I am not originally from Texas, moving as a child helped me recognize the importance and beauty of being part of a community, and I am excited to learn more about members of Slaton,” she said.
“I am eager to join The Slatonite team and to work in the beautiful city of Slaton. I have a few goals for the summer such as learning and gaining as much experience as possible, but my overall intention is to get a true feel for what it means to be part of a smaller town and tight-knit community.
“I understand COVID-19 has impacted everyone, and some events, such as the neighborhood block party, are likely to be conducted differently than past endeavors. I also understand people are creative and resilient, and I am excited to see firsthand how the people of Slaton will continue to persevere and communicate despite both physical and invisible barriers,” she added.
“I look forward to photographing and speaking with my fellow West Texans to document what life is like in the place we all call home.”