Talia Lakritz, of Mequon, has joined The Chronicle as a summer intern. She will be a sophomore at Torah Academy of Milwaukee in the fall.
The second of five children of Debbi and Jay Lakritz, Talia already has three years of newspaper experience — in middle and high schools. As a sixth-grader at Hillel Academy, she worked on the school newspaper, contributing a comic to the school’s first issue, she said.
“I gradually began writing and worked my way up,” Talia said, noting that she soon realized how much she enjoyed writing structured, informative pieces and interviewing people.
In seventh-grade she was asked to be co-editor-in-chief of the sometimes monthly, but more often bi-monthly newspaper. In eighth-grade, when her co-editor graduated, she took over as editor-in-chief.
Talia would like to develop TAM’s newspaper, which she described as “just two pages of inside jokes and comics,” into a newspaper “the school can be proud to distribute to the community, with good quality articles and editorials.”
Excited to be working at The Chronicle, Talia said she had expected that she would be “getting people’s coffee and stacking papers.” In fact, she is writing announcements and life cycle notices, as well as managing the article index and archival files. She wrote the “Summer Reading” column in this Chronicle issue.
Friends would describe her as “hard-working and smart, and maybe funny,” she said. “Though sometimes my jokes fall flat.”
An avid reader and writer, Talia is keeping an open mind about her future. She is also interested in all forms of science.
“It’s a little early to set my life goals,” she said. “I like to keep my options open.”
See Talia's review of the book, "Real Time" as part of The Chronicle's Summer Reading series.