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
It’s been an incredible past few months covering Peach State Politics. 2012 marks my 2nd year covering the Georgia General Assembly, the first was back in 2010 as an intern.
This years session was unique in a few ways…
As a freelance reporter I field stories for both TV and Radio—including live shots each night of the session for the Georgia Public Broadcasting’s show Primetime Lawmakers.
The session was also met with some controversial legislation including drug testing welfare recipients, an attempt to ban abortions after 20 weeks with few exceptions and a bill that would ban undocumented immigrants from attending public colleges and universities in Georgia.
Time seemingly FLEW by and today is Sine Die—— My colleague Parker Wallace sums it up below…..
The 40th day of the session is called sine die. That’s a Latin term that means “without assigning another day.” It sounds like SIGN OR DIE, which, is actually the case. It’s the final day for lawmakers to pass bills for the Governor to sign. (By GPB’s Parker Wallace click here for full article)
Tonight we’ll be here likely til around midnight partially due to tradition but the other part is there is still some key legislation that could pop up in either chamber.
I’ll be sad to say good-bye to the Gold Dome, but excited for new adventures on the horizon.