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Description of Internships

NEWS
What Does A Newsroom Intern Do?
News10’s intern program focuses on four different areas:

Assignment Desk

Where Interns learn how things work at the nerve center of a newsroom. 

  1. Weeks 1-2 focus on the basics of News10’s AvStar computer system.  Interns will learn how to find news stories on the news wires, in the show rundowns and archive system.    
  2. Weeks 3-4 will introduce the basics of managing the assignment desk phones.  Interns will observe how assignment editors answer viewer phone calls, transfer calls and contact reporters in the field.
  3. Weeks 5-6 continue on the assignment desk.  Interns will learn how assignment editors manage the flow of information into the newsroom via scanners, beat checks and faxes.
  4. Weeks 7-8 focus on the assignment editor’s role in individual newscasts.  Interns will learn how they work with the newscast producer to pass on information, update stories and manage news crews in the field.  Interns will also learn how News10 handles breaking stories and special coverage.
  5. Weeks 9-10 focus on assignment editors set up the next day’s news coverage.  Interns will learn how stories are prioritized and delegated.  They will observe how assignment editors set up and research stories.
  6. Weeks 11-12 will take the Intern into the field.  Students will learn what it is like for the reporters and photographers who interact with the assignment desk, and what it takes to put a story together.

 

Newscast Producing

Where interns learn what it takes to put a newscast on the air.Weeks 1-2 focus News10’s AvStar computer system.  Interns will learn how to find stories on the news wires, in the show rundowns and archive system.

Weeks 3-4 continue on the computer.  Interns will observe how a producer builds and writes a newscast and learn how to decipher the language that goes along with the rundown.  Interns will also learn how the producer manages the newscast in the control booth.

Weeks 5-6 focus on working with reporters and photographers.  Interns will attend editorial meetings and learn how stories are prioritized and covered.  Interns will also learn how we cover breaking news and special coverage.

Weeks 7-8 introduce News10’s satellite feeds.  Interns will learn how to get video and information from ABC NewsOne and CNN Newsource.

Weeks 9-10 will deal with news writing.  Interns will learn how to write for broadcast news, and get feedback and critique from producers, reporters and anchors.

Weeks 11-12 will take the Intern into the field.  Students will learn what it is like for the reporters and photographers who interact with producers, and what it takes to put a story together.

 

Assignment Desk/Producer

Where interns learn what is behind both positions.

  1. Weeks 1-2 focus on the basics of News10’s AvStar computer system.  Interns will learn how to find news stories on the news wires, in the show rundowns and archive system.    
  2. Weeks 3-4 will introduce the basics of managing the assignment desk phones.  Interns will observe how assignment editors answer viewer phone calls, transfer calls and contact reporters in the field.
  3. Weeks 5-6 continue on the assignment desk.  Interns will learn how assignment editors manage the flow of information into the newsroom via scanners, beat checks and faxes.
  4. Weeks 7-8 continue on the computer.  Interns will observe how a producer builds and writes a newscast and learn how to decipher the language that goes along with the rundown.  Interns will also learn how the producer manages the newscast in the control booth.
  5. Weeks 9-10 focus on working with reporters and photographers.  Interns will attend editorial meetings and learn how stories are prioritized and covered. Interns will also learn how we cover breaking news and special coverage.
  6. Weeks 11-12 will deal with news writing.  Interns will learn how to write for broadcast news, and get feedback

 

Sports
Where interns learn what it takes to cover sports for a television station.

Interns in the sports department at News10 will work closely with the Sports Director and staff.  Training will consist primarily of logging games and taking notes on the key plays to assist the Anchors with their nightly sports report.  The student will also have the opportunity to go out into the field with a reporter and learn what's involved in putting a story together.  They will also learn how to produce and write a story.  Upon completion of the internship, providing the student exhibits desire and effort, they should be able to leave here with enough knowledge and experience to pursue a career in the field of sports broadcasting.
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An intern’s schedule is set up after the candidate is accepted. We always try to accommodate class and work schedules to find times mutually convenient for both the newsroom and the student. Internships are unpaid.

PROMOTION
The primary goal for a student intern in the Promotion Department is to assist the Promotion Dept. in the handling of daily tasks while improving writing and communications skills.  Interns will learn how to perform writing tasks including “Mark Your Calendar”, daily voice-over end credits, and program line-ups.  Interns will also handle viewer questions relating to special projects and show topics. In addition, interns will learn what it takes to put together special events and promotional projects.  Skills that are important for an intern in the Promotion Dept. include: some background or study in Communication and/or Journalism field; strong writing background; positive communication skills; basic knowledge of computers and an ability to learn quickly.

ART DEPARTMENT
Students will work with our art department and learn various aspects of graphic design as it applies to broadcasting, promotion, online and print advertising.  Students who are interested in pursuing a career in graphics arts specifically in the broadcast/media are preferred.  Skills in digital graphics as well as strong art and design foundation are important. Art director would like to see portfolio/student works of prospective candidates.

LOCAL SALES INTERN
Interns in this area will learn the inner workings of our sales department and will spend time with Account Executives, Managers, Research and Production.  They will become familiar with the process of selling television.  In addition they will assist the staff with miscellaneous tasks as needed.  Candidates for this internship should be individuals who are self-motivated, enthusiastic and eager to learn.  A communications major is preferred with an emphasis in broadcasting.  Computer skills are essential (Word, Excel, etc.).  Strong writing skills are also helpful.

Note: During some semesters internships may not be available in all the listed departments, due to the limited number of spots we have.