Fall 2012 Site Review
Position: News Intern (CBS Austin, KEYE-TV)
Student: African and African American Studies Junior
Typically, I would get to the news station at around 2pm after class. The first thing I would do is sign in and get my name tag. Then, I would sit in at a reporter’s and/or a producer’s meeting. They would pitch ideas to the editors and show whatever research they have done already and the editor might ask questions and okay the research or he might nix it altogether. I have seen many reporters walk away with no story after they felt like they had a great idea for one. The editor at KEYE was a new hire, so the reporters didn’t really know what he wanted yet and were trying to learn him and his taste. He would just say no sometimes to a story without any explanation; this might have frustrated some of the reporters. After, the reporters meeting, I would probably be at the phones for a while. So I might answer calls, get numbers for reporters or producers, or do some mundane research for a few hours. After that, I am either logging into iNews and writing leads and voice overs for broadcast segments, writing news stories for their website, or shadowing a reporter out in the field.
My absolute favorite thing to do was to shadow a reporter and cameraman. It was really fun. They would go out conduct interviews, do research, and do live shots during airing of the 5pm, 6pm, or 10pm show. It can be really interesting because of the stories they would get. One time, I helped a reporter with a story he was working on. I got him an interview with a friend of mine who was a victim of an incident that even made it to CNN. Because of it, I was able to go out in the field with him, and I was able to ask questions at a press conference and help him write his voice over.
The most boring of the days in the newsroom would probably be logging interviews; you may find yourself doing this for hours.
After, I would shadow the reporter in the afternoon, I would return to the news station and sit in a control booth or studio and watch the producers, directors, and people who work the cameras do their jobs. It would be really exciting. Especially if something goes wrong; they may have only 10 seconds to fix it. It can be very tense, but all in all, the work environment is really laid back and the people are extremely easygoing.
My typical day would end at around 11pm after the 10 o’clock show and most of the time I would be pretty tired. Some days it was actually worth it, while other times it was very boring. I would recommend this internship to other students because it really is a learning experience that you don’t get too often.
Summer 2012 Site Review
Position: Sports Intern (CBS 11, DFW)
Student: Sociology Junior
My internship with KTVT CBS 11 DFW this summer has been the single greatest experience in my professional life. Not only was this valuable as far as the knowledge I’ve gained, but also valuable for the friendships and connections I made and the understanding I have for sports media as well as media in general.
It really depends on the station and the department you’re in when it comes to the value of the internship. I’ve interned before in sports media and the experience was nowhere near this awesome. If you have a great people with a willingness to share their knowledge, you can have a wonderful experience and gain lots of valuable experience and knowledge. If you have a company more caught up with showing you the big show, you will have fun but the experience won’t compare. The internship I had this summer was the first. The people are sincere and full of so much knowledge and are willing to share if you just ask. They aren’t going to seek you out and take you under their wing, but if you ask for help, you’ll get help. It’s a very rewarding structure and more importantly, you learn a lot.
I would most certainly recommend this internship to anyone who is curious about the media world. Even if you don’t want to be in media or sports, it’s a great internship and a valuable experience I will most certainly never forget. They impart so much knowledge on you if you want it, but you have to want it.
Fall 2011 Site Review
Position: Internet Intern (CBS Austin, KEYE-TV)
Student: Rhetoric & Writing Senior
I interned for the second time at KEYE TV news. Both semesters were very different. The first semester, the news station allows interns to experience every aspect of the newsroom. You get an in depth tour of how it all works. My second semester, I came back as the first, and only, web intern. My second semester at the news station was more valuable to me because as a Rhetoric major, I was able to write news stories daily.
Most days, I got to the station around 9:00. I would then be given about five to eight short stories to write for the 4:00p.m. show. These would be “Today in studio is [insert name]. They do this!” After finishing those, I would either stay in the newsroom and work on web assignments, or go out in the field.
When I went out in the field, I got to interview people, get images and video of stories, and write up news stories. These are the only stories I was credited for online. The reason is because they involved me doing the research, photography, writing, and editing all myself.
If I stayed in the newsroom, my day meant a lot more stories. I was usually given the task of finding three stories: weird news, state news and global/national news. After looking those up and writing them, I was given one story which involved calling people, researching the information and/or finding related stories on the subject. These usually took about one hour each.
By then end of each day at the newsroom, I had written at least ten stories. It gave me a lot for my resume, as well as a lot of practice in real world writing.
Spring 2011 Site Review
Position: Broadcasting Intern (CBS Austin, KEYE-TV)
Student: Rhetoric & Writing Junior
KEYE TV is the CBS affiliate news station in Austin, TX. It is a part of Nexstar broadcasting system, which is one of the largest broadcasting companies in the United States. The internship program at KEYE TV is highly organized. The internship coordinator, Megan Janicke, is very helpful and is always ready to help interns understand the work they are doing.
The internship is at the news station, located in North Austin off of 183. The interns are all given a tour of the site, a nametag, and take a livetruck safety training course within the first week. During the first five week,s the interns go through a rotation working in Editing, Publishing, Reporting, Assignment Desk, and Web Publishing. At the end of the five weeks, the interns submit to the supervisor which area they wish to specialize in. The rest of the semester involved each intern working primarily in their selected area, along with assisting in the other areas when needed.
A Day in the Life of a KEYE TV intern starts at 2pm. The intern sits in on the production meetings, where they discuss the afternoon shows. After that, the intern either goes out with a reporter and photographer, where they are on assignment all day. If the intern is not with a reporter, they go straight to work writing news stories, as well as web scripts. The supervisor will edit each story, and give the intern feedback. After the 6pm show, the intern has one hour for dinner. After dinner, the intern goes right back to work until the 10pm show airs. After the show, the supervisor will either send the intern home, or ask them to do one last task. Interns leave between 10:30 and 11pm each day.
Summer 2009 Site Review
This summer I interned at CBS News in New York City. The internship was unpaid, but provided valuable experience and contacts with influential people within the television industry. The internship took place in the broadcast center for CBS News, meaning that for ten weeks I had the opportunity to wander the same hallways that Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow once roamed. In addition to the resume boost that interning at a name brand provides, I feel that if you’re truly considering becoming involved in the television industry, it is vital to get any experience you can before you graduate to see if the industry is truly for you.
CBS accommodates about 80 interns per summer, and they are sorted out into various departments. Most of the interns work on the different CBS News shows, such as 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning, and of course, The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. The hours and the tasks that an intern performs depends largely on what department they are placed in. The placement is decided on by the internship coordinator and may not be changed during the course of the summer. I interned in the Broadcast Marketing department. My department dealt with the various promos that are shown on CBS affiliate stations, such a KEYE in Austin. The coolest part of my job was that I was taught how to use editing equipment that costs upwards of $100,000 and had promos that I edited approved and put on air.
The living cost in New York is steep, and once again the internship is unpaid, but if you are a broadcast journalism major and are willing to make the financial sacrifice to pay for the venture, I would greatly recommend the experience as it proved to be one of the most interesting summers of my life.
Summer 2008 Site Review
My regular day as a CBS intern started off at about 9:30 in the morning. I was technically supposed to be there at 10:00, but I tried to go the extra mile by coming in early. I took time at the beginning of the day to check my email and check the syllabus for this class. After that I spent the day trying to be helpful. First I would go to my Associate Producer and find out what the plan for the day was. Sometimes she would have me do something specific, sometimes she would have me assist the broadcast associate, and sometimes she would have nothing for me to help with in which case I will go help with another show.
Most of the time I was asked to go help the Broadcast Associate (BA). The Broadcast Associate’s main job was to search archives for specific footage and then log the timecodes for that footage into PilotWare. Basically what that entailed was watching the tape and entering in the timecodes for the footage that the producer wanted (for example, the producer of Discovery’s Epidemics show needed footage of chickens for the segment about Bird Flu, and I would log every part of the tape that had chickens in it); typically I would split this work with the BA. Sometimes he would ask me to research a certain subject that might be included on a show (like for the show Future Trains on Discovery, I would have to search the internet for futuristic train concepts and try to arrange an interview.) Every once in a while the Producer or Associate Producer would ask me to assist them on a shoot or a voiceover session but that didn’t happen very often.
Interviews were the most exciting because it was first hand look into the responsibilities of a producer. Around 1:00pm or 2:00pm I took lunch for an hour. Every day an intern would be assigned to work the front desk while the receptionist took lunch, so I had to do that when it was my turn. Nothing usually happened at the front desk except for the occasional FedEx that needed to be signed off on. Sometimes I was asked to run errands, which usually meant picking things up from the mail room across the street or running to the dub house on 36th Street and 6th Avenue to drop off and pick up tapes. Depending on the day of the week, I would have to go across the street to the main building at some point to drop off my timesheet. I left work at 6:00pm every day.
Summer 2008 Site Review
Student: Plan II & Journalism Sophomore
Position: Production Intern (CBS 19, Tyler, TX)
CBS 19, a local news station in Tyler, Texas, offers students an opportunity to learn about the industry and develop their own skills. The station includes that a student must receive school credit as a condition of one’s acceptance into the position. The position is unpaid.
For the first week, interns shadow journalists in order to learn more about how stories are developed. After gaining a greater knowledge of how stories are written and filmed, interns are allowed to conduct interviews. The first few interviews are supervised by a journalist until the intern demonstrates that he or she is capable of conducting the interview on their own. The station also expects you to write at least two VOSOTS, or smaller stories, each day and to edit the film for those stories and one package, or larger story a week. While the interns’ stories will air, the intern him/herself will never appear on television. Instead, the station allows interns to record their own versions of stories and compiles them onto a tape which is given to the intern upon completion of the internship.
Typically, interns work in smaller shifts from about 9 am until 2 pm. However, larger shifts are available as well depending on the student’s school’s requirements for course credit. A typical day at the station begins with the morning meeting at nine o’clock. At this meeting reporters pitch their ideas for the day’s stories. Interns are encouraged to pitch ideas as well. This meeting usually takes an hour. Then interns schedule and conduct interviews until lunch. At that point, all of the film is dumped into the computer system by photographers. After the film has loaded, an intern must pick the sound bites for his package and edit the film accordingly. The film is to be taken to the supervisor for approval and then transferred into a file to be aired. After an intern’s stories are finished they may either work on their own version of stories to be stored on their film or begin to search for the next day’s stories.