Local News Service / Fox 29

The Internship Portfolio of Brian Donathan

The Bustling Nature Of Local News

radioThe amount of information, story ideas, tips, etc. coming across the news desk at a major market television station is remarkable to say the least.  Having worked at the assignment desk on a more regular basis lately, I have had the opportunity to witness this constant flow up close.

I’ve filled in for Fox29’s regular desk assistants recently.  It’s nice to know the Assignment Manager, Kyle Carmean has had the faith in me to ask this favor.  This has turned small moments of the internship into more actual job-related functions for me.  They have placed a little more responsibility in my lap, and that experience has been a true learning experience.

As a desk assistant I take phone calls from tip callers or reporters in the field, I listen to the police scanners for breaking news, and I scan emails for upcoming events or updates on previously covered stories.  At times it can be a lot to keep track of  — reading an email when the phone rings, while listening to the police and fire radios of nearly 7 counties squawking nearby.

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May 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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