Last week Friday was the first day of my third internship in sports journalism (!). For those that don’t know, this summer I am interning at WTMJ 4 (an NBC affiliate) here in Milwaukee. After my first internship being in radio, this is my second in television (I prefer television over radio, but would like to do both together for my career). So yeah, a week has gone by and I’m already off to a roadrunner (fast) start, and things are going really well. Before I started my internship this summer, I wrote down some goals I had for myself:
-Learn how to shoot video independently
-Create at least five packages
-Go out on a non-sports related story
-Get more involved in writing for broadcasts (quality, speed)
-Improve interviewing skills
-Edit more clips for broadcasts
-Get familiar with production and web aspects (working the prompter, web content, social media)
My first week has just gone by and I’ve already been able to cross off two and a half of my goals. Tonight I learned how to shoot video while outside a historic day at the Milwaukee County courthouse as gay couples obtained their marriage licenses (killing two birds with one stone). Being able to be in the courthouse tonight witnessing so many people become incredibly happy really helped give me a different perspective on broadcasting outside of sports. In news, you deal with a lot of live/raw emotions and real life situations with people – and I’m not saying athletes don’t go through this either – but people have their lives changed right there in front of you more frequently and we as journalists get to tell that story. It’s really cool and I’m glad I asked to go out on this (the sports department had a slow night, too).
The half thing was that I’ve already done two packages: one on a Milwaukee Bucks pre-draft workout (although I will like to re-do this one soon), and the other while up in Green Bay during Packers organized team activities. I didn’t get to interview players in Green Bay, but being able to put together my first NFL package was awesome. Football is my true passion, and I’m a bit surprised it took me this long to put something together that related to it.
Overall, I’m enjoying things so far and even though the opportunities that I wanted this summer at different locations weren’t offered to me (I use this as motivation), today really helped me understand that internships are what YOU make out of them. You don’t only need a top-tier station to get better and get reps. Most of the time, they give you the opportunities a bigger network wouldn’t dare.
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