I’m a senior here at NWU, and I’ve spent the last year interning at 10/11 News in Lincoln. I am a news intern, which means I work with the anchors and reporters to put together a newscast that airs in the Lincoln viewing area. My day consists of coming into the station with ideas for news stories that reporters could cover, then gathering for a meeting to determine what will be covered that day. After the stories and formats are assigned, I help reporters to research their stories and contact people who we could possibly interview for the story. When we finally have interviews set up, we grab our camera and tripod and get on our way! When we get to our interview I help reporters set up equipment, then help them conduct their interviews, asking questions and digging deeper into the story. After the interview, we return to the station and start writing our stories. New to 10/11 this year, we have acquired several stations, and even lunched a completely new show, meaning our content is shared through several news stations. I then write news stories for the web in AP style, and also write script for the teleprompters in broadcast style. I edit the video as well that airs in the newscasts. I have been learning what it takes to fulfill all the positions in a newsroom such as video journalist, reporter, anchor and producer. I provide news content to several platforms, live and on the web, as well as social media accounts. I accompany reporters to their live shots and even get to record a few of my own sometimes! I answer phones for news tips, post text, video and photos to the web channels, input scores from sports games into the database, write script for newscasts, and log photo and video into our database. I’ve written my own packages and vo/sots (news terms for story formats) that have aired during live newscasts. I’ve finished shooting my ‘reel’ which is basically the broadcast journalism version of a resume and cover letter. This semester, I have really honed my producing skills at 10/11, which is an invaluable skill in the news industry.
In the news industry, I use my interpersonal skills daily. I am constantly in contact with other people, whether it be my co-workers, or when I am interviewing people for a story. My interpersonal skills are used every day to contact people to speak for stories or to schedule an interview. I am also using my writing skills daily to write scripts, write web stories, and publish content for all the media platforms. I have learned the organizational culture and hierarchy. The newsroom has a subtle hierarchy and it and it can be seen in meetings with the news team. The assignments manager and news director are in charge and are always asking the tougher questions. There is also an organizational structure that dictates the newsroom activities. There are constant deadlines that are put in place to assure the newscasts air on time. There is also a structural rundown that we must follow to keep newscasts running smoothly. This can be helpful in keeping structure, but can also hinder the creativity of the organization in the future. The organization also fits the systems theory well, as we are all interdependent parts working together to make a finished product. We also have permeable boundaries, as we rely on our community to give us tips and help us create the news, but we are also closed enough to keep things we need to private.
My dream is still to be a nightly news anchor although now I understand the hard work and dedication it takes to make it there. I have been blessed to have spent my last year interning with 10/11, making connections that will last a lifetime and friendships that will carry me through the difficult times and the happy times. If all goes well, you’ll see me behind the cameras in a few short months! If you have any questions or just want to talk to me about my internship, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.