WHO-TV Connects Simpson Students with Internships

Olu RotibiWant to get an internship with a television station? Simpson College and WHO-TV have a great relationship that allows students to gain experience in television production through internships. This semester Olu Rotibi is interning with the sports media team. Rotibi is a senior from Chicago, IL majoring in multimedia journalism, as well as a member of the men’s basketball team.

As part of the WHO-TV team, Rotibi assists primarily with video editing. He is also able to learn from the other sports anchors skills such as news production, statistics for teams, and general sports stories. He is available to assist the team members in whatever way possible.

Hanna Russmann is also interning with WHO-TV this semester. She is a multimedia journalism major with a management minor from Avoca, Iowa. She is in charge of writing content for the web. While on the job, she assists producers with content for newscasts and shadows reporters. She says that she is all over the office helping out the various reporters and producers.The major perk of interning with a television broadcast is creating your own package and standups to be able to use in a portfolio. Hanna Russmann

The communications department has helped out these interns in a variety of ways. Through video production courses, students learn to create their own package from a story and know how to edit. News writing courses have assisted students in the ability to structure a piece. Russmann says,”Writing for broadcast is more active writing. You use more present terms and it is more direct.”

Russmann also offered some advice for future broadcasters:

  • Take advantage of everything at a broadcasting internship.
  • Get as much experience doing standups and creating your own news packages. They will help you to form a portfolio.
  • Always ask if you can help out in any way. Don’t feel like you are bothering people because you are there to learn.
  • Always go out on stories.

Other television news related internships include Tyler Utzka with KCCI.

Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.

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