It’s tough to break into the the world of TV news. I got my foot in the door as an intern for Emmy Award winning journalist Angie Goff who is an anchor and reporter for NBC Washington. [The above photo was taken on the last day of my internship back in 2008.]
The internship was challenging for several reasons. First, the hours were Monday-Friday 4-8am. Keep in mind at that time I was still working full time from 9-5 AND I had grad school three evenings a week.
Secondly, the deadlines were real. As an intern I helped research and produce Angie’s daily morning segment as well as helping to respond to the SLEW of RSVP’s she’d receive for various community events. Anyone who knows Angie knows how much giving back is important to her, so managing her calendar was quite the task!
Did I make mistakes, yes. Was it hard? You bet! But that’s all a part of learning and growing.
Over the course of the past four years Angie has been a tremendous mentor and friend critiquing my work and always making time to grab coffee whenever I was back in Washington visiting.
While I was Angie’s first intern. since then she’s continued to mentor and coach several other budding journalists in the Washington, D.C. area.
Click here to read her latest blog post on how she continues to give back to the next generation of news reporters…and a “where are they now?” on her former interns.
Journalists don’t do it for the $$!
Via @poytner Good/bad news for J school grads
-“The good news for j-school grads: They’re more likely to get jobs than other majors The bad news: They’ll earn $32K” http://journ.us/JuT0pe