Confessions of a TV Newsroom Intern
This is what I "get" to do as a television news intern: Go out on shoots in all kinds of weather, log hours of video, catch random sightings of Al Sharpton and, oh yeah, work side-by-side with the people I aspire to be. I do way more than what's required of the average college intern, and that's why it's taken me three weeks to get out my first blog post about the experience.
To quickly catch you up, the first few of weeks of my third news internship in New York City went a little something like this: I got my ID card (they mistakenly labeled me as a "freelance" employee rather than an intern, and I gladly accepted), I got acquainted with the host and producers of the show I'm interning for, and I settled into my temporary desk.
The first few days are always confusing for everyone because the show's reporters/producer/host doesn't know your skill level. They try to be informative and not insulting, while I try to come off as knowledgeable and not obnoxious. I quickly found the good middle ground and I think I'm really clicking with my new team. In other similar internships I might spend hours in front of a computer screen transcribing entire interviews so that the on-air talent can use two 10-second sound bites. I wouldn't complain about such dues-paying work-but this time around I'm getting much more responsibility. I'm very excited.
Almost every day I go out with a camera person to do "man on the street" interviews. Some would say it's the least glamorous type of interview, there's no set or interesting lighting. It's just you, the cameraman and the millions of opinionated New Yorkers. I get to ask things like, "So, what do you think about the MTA budget cuts?" and I love it.
Sometimes you meet a self-proclaimed political pundit and sometimes you meet an up-and-coming designer who will try to sell you a chain-link vest. As long as they give me a good sound bite, I just take their card and smile.
This is just the beginning of my news internship confessions. In New York City, it's bound to get a lot more interesting. Cue Al Sharpton...
Alicia Alford is a senior Broadcast Journalism student at Hofstra University in New York. She is a serial intern in the news industry, and with CBS and MTV under her belt, she looks forward to a career in TV news reporting. Alicia was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She currently resides in Uniondale, NY.