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Journalism student values Illinois Broadcasters Association internship

12/28/2010  11:00 am

Brittney Henton photoIllinois Broadcasters Association Transmitter (Dec. 2010) -- Brittney Henton, journalism master's student, interned at Danville's WDAN Radio in summer 2010. She had an opportunity to talk about her experiences in the latest issue of Transmitter, the Illinois Broadcasters Association newsletter.

Picture this: I was a master's degree student who had never had a journalism internship -- ever. So it's no surprise I was both honored and excited when the Illinois Broadcasters Association gave me the opportunity to intern at Danville's WDAN Radio this summer. Now, after having completed eight weeks in my first official broadcast newsroom, I know I am well equipped for my next career opportunity. 

I gained some great relationships working at WDAN this summer. My co-workers welcomed me with enthusiasm, encouraged me along the way, and taught me so much. I am extremely grateful to have this new network of people.

Not only did I gain contacts in the newsroom, but I was able to connect with my community on both a professional and personal level. While covering a story, I was given an opportunity to talk to local youth about my personal journey and goals. For me, this internship cultivated another passion -- to serve as a mentor for the youth in my community.

Besides gaining a new outlook internally, I was fed a realistic taste of small market radio. Learning how to shorten news stories was challenge. But five times a day, five days a week, I learned how to put a lot of information into a one-minute broadcast.

It's clear. The stories I covered and the support I received this summer will go unmatched. This experience will continue to serve me throughout my lifetime. Thanks, IBA, for this wonderful experience.

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