As a junior at Ohio University, I study broadcast journalism and am a producer at a local PBS station.
Since coming to college, I have held five internships, most notably at NBC’s TODAY and Dateline NBC, both in New York City; this summer I will complete internship number six: CBS’ 60 Minutes in NYC.
It’s not a myth-- internships are crucial to success after receiving an undergraduate degree in journalism. I’ve always noted how, through a number of ways, most anyone can get a high-profile internship. Not everyone, though, can get a solid recommendation or a job out of that internship. I often parallel this to journalism at the high school/college level; most anyone can follow guidelines to produce a package or write an article. Not everyone, though, can exploit that opportunity and win an award from it. Those who do the latter are who stand out. They’re the ones who get in to the great undergraduate program, the ones who land that network-level internship and most importantly, the ones who secure the most sought-after jobs post graduation.
The Student Production Awards equate to being the first qualifying round in the ever-competitive journalistic race. Last year I won the David J. Clarke Memorial Scholarship from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This award endorsed my skills, allowing me to confidently go after some of the most competitive internships and jobs in the industry. Without this award, I was merely a student who had some videos under belt and knew how to produce a newscast. With this award, though, I am a competitive player in the battle for ever-fleeting journalism jobs.
Whether you decide to go in to journalism, media, communication or another profession entirely, you’re bound to hear this phrase: “It’s all about who you know.” My motto, instead, is: “It’s all about who knows you.” Earning a Student Production award not only serves as recognition of your hard work, but it gets your name in front of award-winning journalists who very well could be your colleagues one day. Write, film, produce, edit and create—the stories are out there, you just need to capture them.