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Learning the newsroom


Experience Information

Employer: FOX 17
Job Title: Intern
Major: Communications
Received Credit?: Yes
Paid?: Yes

Description of the Organization

FOX 17 is a news station for the areas Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

While at FOX 17 I was responsible for filling in story boards with news collected previously. If there was information missing from the press releases I would call the people who sent the information to get it. I also rode along with reporters to get interviews, and watched the editing and graphic design process. I sat in the control room to watch how everything was put together and how the news is put on the air.

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

I have learned the quick pace of the newsroom. I now know how the news works from every aspect. I know how they get information, pick stories, decide who will cover each story, and how graphic design and editing bring everything together to make an awesome hour of news. I have learned terminology used at the newsroom, and how to get the best out of every story.

Favorite Part of the Experience

I loved following the reporters to on the scene stories. My favorite ride along was covering the 50 cent movie premiere at celebration cinema north and taking photographs for the station while Lindsey Kus, a reporter for FOX interviewed him. I really loved the experience of FOX 17 because the news is something I've always been interested in. The atmosphere here was great and everyone was very kind and helpful.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

This internship has definitely given me a lot to think about for my future career goals. Working in a newsroom is a very exciting and enjoyable job that I would love to do after I graduate. It made me realize that there is a vast amount of jobs that I could do with a communications studies degree.

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