Nicholas Zoraian

Summer Interns at the Armenian Mirror-Spectator

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WATERTOWN — This summer, the Armenian Mirror-Spectator has had two interns in its offices, Nicholas Zoraian and Suren Mkrtchyan.

Zoraian is currently participating in the Armenian General Benevolent Union Summer Internship Program in Boston, and came to the newspaper through it.

A native of Allendale, NJ, Zoraian, 21, has two siblings. He is a rising senior at High Point University in North Carolina, where he studies sports communications and journalism.

He hopes to one day work for a big sports network such as ESPN as a sports talk show host.

“I am very passionate about journalism, so interning for the Mirror-Spectator has been an amazing and extremely enlightening experience. I have learned a lot here about editing, writing, and so much more. The Mirror-Spectator has really helped me get a better understanding of how the world of journalism works. I am very grateful to the AGBU and to the Mirror-Spectator for giving me this opportunity.”

He recently wrote a feature story about the Armenia-based car hailing service, GG, and is working on a video report.

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Aram Arkun, assistant editor (and Tekeyan Cultural Association of the US and Canada executive director), declared: “The Mirror and Tekeyan congratulate the AGBU on the success of its inaugural Boston summer internship program. It is clear that AGBU did a wonderful job in choosing interns, because Nick is both capable and intelligent. With his help, the Mirror website has been expanded to include new back issues and articles, and he is also contributing his own content to the paper and the website.”

“Nicholas has been a great addition to our office. He is willing to help with proofing pages and whatever else we ask him to do. He has a bright future ahead of him,” said editor Alin K. Gregorian.

Suren Mkrtchyan

Mkrtchyan, 16, hails from Armenia. He and his family moved from Yerevan to the US when he was in the seventh grade. He currently is a junior at Weymouth High School.

He graduated from St. James Armenian School, in Watertown, one year ago. He is fluent in English, Armenian, and Russian, and is spending much of this summer as an intern for the Mirror-Spectator. “The Mirror-Spectator helped me a lot to understand journalism and its inner workings. Also, it is helping me to become a better writer with better grammar.”

“Suren has helped us with organizing much of our photographs this summer. We wish him well as he continues his high school journey,” Gregorian said.

Arkun added that Suren is very tech-savvy and helpful both in organizing the Mirror archives and making additions to the Mirror website. “Having industrious interns is always an enriching experience for the Mirror, and we hope that our interns will keep in touch with us and the Armenian community in the future,” he said.

The Mirror offers internships during the year as well as during the summer.

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