Internship Memoirs

My dreams starting to come true

By Vinny Mutone When I finished my junior year at Stony Brook, I was so nervous because I knew I had to get an internship. I had made it a personal goal to have an internship by the time I finished junior year. I attended Professor Selvin’s internship fair, and I landed one with the […]

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Listen to your editors!

By Liz Pulver Before spending my summer interning at WSHU,  I had never done audio journalism before. I knew some basics of Audition, but outside of that, I came in to WSHU at square one.  At WSHU, they believe in learning by doing. And thanks to Terry Sheridan, Jay Shah and JD Allen, that is […]

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Your childhood dreams can come true

https://rachaeleyler.com/portfolio/ By Rachael Eyler If you had told me a few years ago that at age 20 I would intern at BBC, the company that has been my dream job since 15, I would have agreed with every person who said that it was impossible. Well, here I am, 20 years old, interning for BBC […]

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My introduction to audio journalism

By Joe McQueen My interest in public radio came during my first semester at Stony Brook, in the fall of 2018, when I started listening to NPR on a daily basis. I started to really like it, and I wanted to learn more about the industry. It was during January break when I contacted Terry […]

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Ask a million questions

By Felicia LaLomia Last December, when I wrote emails to about 20 different food and drink-focused publications asking for internships, I had no idea what would come of it. Sending the email equivalent of a cold-call blindly into the internet, I set my expectations low. There was no incentive for any of these editors to […]

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A rambunctious newsroom that’s also rewarding

By Charles Scott This summer, I wrote for the Smithtown News. I spent six weeks building banks of information and contacts, awkwardly finding spots suitable for note-taking in busy press conferences and protests, and writing a mix of joyously reported stories, drawn-out research pieces and punched-up press releases. I took on almost a dozen stories, […]

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The Importance of Local Journalism

By Gary Ghayrat When I started interning at The Southampton Press, the first thing I noticed was the size of the place. Twenty or so people worked inside a one-story building. And just a 10-minute drive away was the so-called “Billionaire’s Lane” of the Hamptons, with lavish properties that are easily double, even triple, the […]

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Held to high standards

By Darwin Yanes I interned at WSHU for the spring semester of my senior year. I had previously taken Terry Sheridan’s JRN 393 course and that piqued my interest in audio journalism. I knew coming in that there would real deadlines and higher standards than the course. However, once I started recording and editing my […]

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Witnessing the inner workings of a professional newsroom

By Erika Peters Portfolio: https://erikapeters01.wordpress.com/tag/newsday/ After applying on Indeed.com for the position as an editorial intern at Newsday, I really didn’t think that it would lead anywhere. Never hearing back from internships I applied for had become a pretty standard experience for me as a journalism student. But when I received a call that I […]

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The Power of Local Reporting

By Karina Gerry Over the winter break and into the spring semester I was lucky enough to intern for Times Beacon Record Newspapers, a media company that covers most of Suffolk County. During my time there, I wrote press releases, did research, worked on the layout and wrote my own articles that were published in […]

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New skills and new insights

By Margaret Osborne The WSHU internship was a great introduction to the world of radio. I had always thought I would end up in print journalism, reporting about science and the environment, and hadn’t considered radio as a career. This internship showed me that I might want to explore audio journalism more deeply. I found […]

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I learned to be organized, concise and conversational

By Syreeta Yelverton This semester, I had the opportunity of interning at WSHU News, where I had great opportunities like meeting politician Tom Suozzi, covering press conferences, working one-on-one with editors and superiors, and much more. Ultimately, I am very happy to say that this was my first professional journalism experience, and I am thankful […]

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The beauty of succinct writing

By Taylor Beglane Interning at WSHU is a great choice, and one I’m glad I made. After taking Terry Sheridan’s audio journalism class, I felt ready to apply for my first internship and get real-world experience and clips. I’ve done a moderate amount of group work with my name on the byline, but the number […]

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Using a magnifying glass every single day

By Nick Zararis Typically, when I’ve watched New York Rangers’ hockey, it was simply for the love of the game. In my continuing quest to be as difficult a child as possible, I picked a fairly esoteric sport to fall in love with. I never thought that I could develop a following or the early […]

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I wish I had more time

By Stephanie Yuvienco About a year ago, I took an impromptu trip to Boston to surprise my ex-girlfriend for her birthday. We were in a relationship for about a year and a half. We channeled most of the love through Skype calls, motivating text messages and rare visits to each other’s schools throughout the school […]

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New skills and a new perspective

By Rebecca Liebson I’ll be honest: WSHU was not my first choice for an internship going into the fall semester. But after an internship at a local newspaper fell through, Terry Sheridan was gracious enough to bring me on last minute. Coming in with no radio experience, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I’ve […]

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“Realizing things” at WSHU

By Neda Karimi Towards the end of the spring 2018 semester, I opened an email from Professor Selvin about an internship opportunity at WSHU. I listen to podcasts every day and thought that I could do radio. I wanted to intern over the summer, but due to complications and prior commitments, I wasn’t able to […]

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An incredible learning experience

By Aleeza Kazmi My semester at WSHU was an incredible learning experience that helped me hone my scriptwriting skills, which really benefited me in my broadcast classes. I worked in the afternoons after my supervisor left the office, which meant that for the majority of the internship I was writing readers and cut-and-copies, rather than […]

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Stepping outside my comfort zone

By Greg Zarb | I interned at Long Island Business News from February through May, and I can honestly say that it was hands-down one of the best experiences of my young journalism career. I knew from the start that taking an internship at LIBN was going to be interesting and also challenging for me. […]

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Invaluable Opportunities at WSHU

  By Rebekah Sherry | In the middle of my Junior year one of my upperclassmen friends told me that I should take JRN 393. He had taken the class and was then interning at WSHU. I was curious about the opportunity, but as the semester got busy I forgot about it.  When it came […]

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I made a meaningful contribution

  By Vinny Ball | I’ve been a self-professed audiophile for a few years now, so I could not pass up the opportunity to couple my passion for audio with my interest in journalism by interning at WSHU.  This was my first internship in journalism, and there’s a reason for that. I was horrified at […]

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Digging into local reporting

By Randall Waszynski |  My internship at the Long Island Advance in Patchogue was a great learning experience and considerably increased my confidence covering stories with several pertinent components and people. I also learned a lot experiencing working in a news workplace, having conversations with my editor and the staff reporter in depth about stories […]

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“It was the best reporting I’ve done”

  By Nick Musumeci  |   At Long Island Business News, I learned many lessons about journalism and developed a host of skills. I was given real responsibility as a contributor to both the website and the weekly newspaper, and I am grateful for the opportunity. My experience at LIBN has helped me become a […]

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Reach beyond the surface

By Briana Panetta Health news has always interested me, and I was absolutely thrilled to receive a scholarship that included an internship at HealthDay, a self-described “leading producer and syndicator of evidence-based health news, video and custom content to Internet sites.” During my time at HealthDay, I was responsible for posting on various social media […]

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Internship opened my eyes

By Dorothy Mai I’ve never really considered radio as career path for me. However, when I was placed in JRN393 aka Audio Journalism Lab with Terry Sheridan, a door opened up for me. When I came to Stony Brook at a little freshman, I couldn’t have imagined what I was getting myself into by becoming […]

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Finding her voice

By Gabriella Shtanko My time at WSHU public radio was far from what I expected. I had pictured myself grabbing anchors coffee and doing research on stories that no one else wanted to do, however the only time I grabbed coffee was when my responsibilities were draining me. WSHU didn’t treat me like an intern; […]

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Learning my value, with help from Mika Brzezinski

By Kristie Kam “Every little thing you do matters,” Mika Brzezinski said to me on the first day of my internship. And it really does. This semester, I had the opportunity to work with Mika on her personal brand, “Know Your Value” – a community to empower women in business. Prior to this internship, I […]

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Working hard to find my voice

By Michelle Toussant My first experience with radio was in 2012, my freshman year of college, at 90.3 FM WHPC. At the time I had absolutely no journalistic experience but began compiling news stories for the daily evening news broadcast. After about two weeks I was was offered the opportunity to join the station’s news […]

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An Internship with a Slow Pulse

By Nick Spennato If I had to describe my internship at Long Island Pulse Magazine in a single word, I’d probably go with “simple.” Compared to the rest of this semester, which I’d describe as a cascading series of problems, my time at Pulse was refreshing. Work stayed there. It wasn’t something that would follow […]

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Writing for radio

By Nicola Shannon No one likes the sound of their own voice, myself included. Interning at WSHU, I spent hours alone in a booth with my script and my voice, and after a while, I learned to appreciate and control my voice as a new journalistic medium. This process began with learning how to write […]

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An Internship with Impact at CBS News

By Nikita Ramos During the fall semester of 2015, I visited the CBS newsroom for a Professional Friday trip. Since that day, I’ve been inspired to work in such a respected organization. Two years later, I can finally say that I’ve done it and I honestly feel like a changed person. At the beginning of […]

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Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect at News 12

By Paul Harding After reflecting on the time I spent working in News 12 Long Island’s sports department, I could write any number of eye-grabbing ledes for this memoir. There were plenty of high-stress moments in the editing bay, a multitude of exciting games to cover and subjects to interview, even some embarrassing mistakes that […]

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An internship at Mass Appeal

By Raghava Lakshminarayana The culture beat is unexplored territory for most journalism schools. The Stony Brook University School of Journalism is no exception to that rule. For me, for the most part, the journalism program at SBU was four years of mundane newswriting that threatened to crack my skull before I was done. The ledes […]

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BEYOND EXPECTATIONS!

By Tim Oakes Entering the Stony Brook School of Journalism, I exclusively aspired to become a print journalist that wrote for a newspaper or online media organization. But after hearing about the great experiences that my friends had at WSHU Public Radio Group, I curiously applied for the fall internship. It was there that I […]

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A Metro Memoir

By Taylor Ha It’s always been difficult for me to call myself a journalist. I hate poking my nose in people’s business. I prefer scrolling through National Geographic’s Instagram feed to leafing through “The New York Times.” But I love a good story. That’s why I became a features writing intern at the New York […]

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Finding Out You Just Might Be Ready

By Nick Kalantzopoulos When I was accepted for my internship at Fios1 News and subsequently decided to take it, I was excited because it was my first real experience in television. I had already completed two off-campus internships, at Long Island Business News, a print newspaper, and WSHU, a public radio station. I had already […]

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Well, just don’t miss your deadline

By Mike Adams About halfway through my time interning for The Smithown News/Northport Observer (I like to describe it as a “mom-and-pop media conglomerate”), a young man I was interviewing asked me whether I like doing what I do. “Well, I’ll put it this way,” I said. “I wouldn’t do anything else this many hours […]

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Finding my voice at WSHU Public Radio

By Kunal Kohli Public radio’s mission is to inform the public on important issues that affect their communities and lives. There is little room for frivolous, irrelevant stories. Instead, journalists have to focus in on what matters. This is the case at WSHU Public Radio. The journalists there report on local politics, rallies and laws. […]

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Learning a lot at Long Island Business News

By Kristie Kam As a dual major in business and journalism, I am always interested in business reporting. When I received an email about a summer internship position at Long Island Business News, I applied right away. This was my first internship at a local newspaper, so I really did not know what to expect. […]

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Radio experience is definitely a plus

By Jill Ryan I interned at WSHU Public Radio. It was 10 weeks of hard work, but it was also fun. I attended my first protest demonstration and covered it for the station; I talked to so many officials that I cannot keep count; and I was able to hear myself on the actual radio […]

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