Tomorrow begins the first day of my last three days interning with West Virginia Public Radio. I can’t get over the amount I’ve learned during this short, four-week time. Never before this experience did I ever imagine myself even slightly interested in being a journalist or radio news reporter, but this internship has proven otherwise. I have learned the tricks of the trade, at least as a novice anyway, and I’ve come to realize I think it’s a lot of fun, and I do it well.
I’ve come to realize how much I really love editing audio, using Adobe Audition, writing news stories, working quickly and cooperatively with other reporters, and even conducting interviews. I remember the first day I walked into the station, and I was so nervous. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and when my first assignment was to call someone to set up an interview for that week, my heart was beating out of my chest I was so nervous. I’m usually a little shy in any new social situation, especially if something specific is expected of me, like specific work or phone calls, etc, and I can sometimes stutter if I’m nervous, but the skills I learned at this internship and the people I’ve been around, guiding me throughout this experience, have really helped relax and ground me in this amazing work, reminding me that even if I’m interviewing Senator Joe Manchin or Governor Tomblin, they’re people like you or me too, so why be nervous? Just be kind, be yourself, and be professional.
It can still be scary, interviewing people, but I’ve really come out of my shell in these last four weeks, and I’m getting so much more comfortable. This past week, I worked on the same sort of things; news spots during All Things Considered, writing stories for West Virginia Morning, recording spots and stories, editing those stories, and getting audio from events to add to a story. Like I mentioned before, my supervisor has been treating me like a real reporter, giving me real work that is expected to be of high quality. It’s really amazing and humbling to be treated as one of their own.
Tomorrow morning, my most recent story will air during West Virginia Morning between 7:30am-8:00am. It’s all about the Mountaineer Boys State camp that’s happened every summer since 1936. I went to one of the boys’ workshops at the Culture Center, and it was a part of an initiative titled, What’s Next, West Virginia? In these upcoming three days, I’m anticipating more work like I’ve done already, as well as completing a story I began last week.
I still can’t believe I only have three days left! Here’s to a good end of a great internship! And hopefully the beginning of a wonderful future in communications wherever it takes me!