By Rolyne Joseph
The day that I walked into the office at NY1 News, my supervisor, Lindsey Christ, the station’s education reporter, had already put me into work. I thought I was going to sit around the office all day, running to get coffee, but that wasn’t the case. She sent me into the field.
I met up with Christ at Union Square. Our assignment: Cover Mayor Bill De Blasio’s announcement banning the use of cell phones at public schools. I didn’t know what to expect either from the newsgatherers or from the newsmaker.
I assisted Christ with everything she did. I helped her shoot b-roll and interview students. I was out in the field, reporting and gathering information for her story.
It’s not just tricks of journalism that this internship taught me. My understanding of the education system has grown exponentially from what it was before I started the internship. I learned that New York City public schools are using tablets and other technological devices to improve students’ learning. Another thing is NYS Board of Regents approving Multiple Pathways, which helps students develop college and career-ready skills.
In the world in which I grew up, chances to encounter the makers and shakers of our ruling class proved few to none. Now, because of work, I had the chance to meet important people. I had the opportunity to interview Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Dr. John B. King Jr., state education commissioner and president of the University of the State of New York, along with Mayor de Blasio. am. My internship experience has given me the skills to perform my duties as a reporter in production, reporting and editing.
One of my favorite experiences at the internship was learning how to use Dalet, a software similar to Final Cut Pro X. Executive Producer and Intern Coordinator Melissa Maguire showed me how to edit a video and how to write a story using the software. It was fun. The internship reinforced my conviction that as a journalist I am providing a public service in informing and teaching a large group of viewers who don’t know information that they should know about the world around them, about things that animate their everyday lives.
I learned that it’s important to know what places you are allowed to shoot. My supervisor and I covered a story on police officers demanding that students disperse once school gets out. When we were filming outside in front of a high school in Rego Park, police officers told us that we couldn’t film the students. I learned that you can film from anywhere as long as you’re in a public street. Reporters will encounter problems when they are covering a story. And they have to know their rights.
My favorite experience was watching my supervisor do a live hit on a story about the city and state education officials coming together to ensure better outcomes for English learners. I thought it was interesting how before she did her live hit, the producers were communicating with her through her earphone piece. I could listen to all the communication among Christ, the producers and the anchors back at the office.
I recommend that anyone at the journalism school try to intern at NY1. You will be treated professionally. You will write scripts, produce packages and shoot b-roll. They will put you out there on the field. I would also recommend that if you’re interning at the education department or at the news desk, you should branch out to other departments. I learned that just because you’re interning at a specific department doesn’t mean you can’t work at the graphics department. The news station is there to help interns at every way possible, and the staff wants you to get the best experience you can out of it. I realized the importance of forming relationships with people, listening to them and asking for help. It has provided me knowledge and skills. I will carry what I learned at my internship to all of my future endeavors.