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SPJ Member Takes on NYC
Cameron Glover art
After sophomore Taylor Mirfendereski spent a successful summer in Columbus while interning with the local newsstation, she is spending this quarter in New York City working with the TODAY Show.
General Assignment Intern
Dates of internship:
June 15 – August 31
City of internship:
What were your everyday duties?
I would come into the station at 3 pm, sit at theassignment desk and check the wires and the day’s rundown. Mysupervisor would usually send me with a photographer or reporterto go cover a story. If I was only with the photographer, I had moreopportunities to conduct interviews myself and sometimes bring my owncamera along to practice shooting. When it was time to edit the story, Iwas able to observe and help the photographer put it together. My otherresponsibilities during the internship included answering phones, writingVoice Overs for the newscasts and assisting the web staff with projects.
Any memorable moments?
The thing I will remember most about this internship 30years from now is the phone calls that I received. The people who callthe station range from extremely polite toborderline crazy to actually crazy. Peoplecalled me crying, people called me whenthey were angry and people called just totalk. Many people use the news stationas an encyclopedia for information. I’vereceived calls about where to register theirkid for school and where the nearest gasstation is. I also received calls from a lot of people who would ask questions about theweather – “Is it 89 or 90 degrees today?”or “Is there going to be a thunderstorm?My dog hates thunder.”
Describe your rst day on the job.
My supervisor sent meon a story with a photographer. The storywas in Chillicothe and we made it backto the station with less than hour to sparebefore the 11pm newscast. I had to logall of the footage in the car and help him
write the script. We nished editing the
story and the photographer was kindenough to include my name in the anchorintroduction.
NBC’s TODAY Show
September 8 – November 31
New York, NY
How did you nd the position?
The TODAY Show is one of Ohio University’sexclusive internships. Matt Lauer went to OU and has a partnership withthe school to allow OU students to intern at the TODAY Show. There is
an exclusive internship meeting in winter quarter, where you will nd
out more information about the internship and the application process itinvolves.
What will you be working on this quarter?
The TODAY Show does an excellent job of mixingclerical assignments with exciting assignments. I’ll have to answerphones, log tapes and make dubs, but then I’ll also have the opportunityto go on shoots, assist with the control room and conduct research forstories. I’ve already had the opportunity to meet with some TODAYShow anchors and producers, and in just
my rst week, I have worked on some
very meaningful assignments. I’m quicklylearning that this internship can be asexciting as I want it to be. The opportunitiesare there; I just have to pursue them.
What kind of advice would you
give to students trying to nd high quality
Know what you want anddon’t let anything stop you until you get it.It’s very cliché advice, but it couldn’t bemore true. No one cares about your careermore than you. The opportunities usuallydo not get thrown at you – you have toseek them out and make them happen. Ona more practical note, make sure you havea good, detailed résumé and build a greatportfolio that can be easily shared withpotential internship supervisors. I suggesthaving a version of your resume andportfolio online, so you can quickly shareyour work with companies that you wouldlike to intern with.