|CBS Internship Puts King's Student to the Test
Senior Chris Ross, currently interning at CBS News in New York City, credits
The King's College for equipping him with the skills necessary for working
in television journalism. Here Ross, who is also a graduate of the World
Journalism Institute course at The King's College, answers a few questions
about his internship.
What are your duties at CBS?
At CBS, I am an intern for the Press Office, which oversees all the
communications for the major network news shows. This includes CBS Evening
News with Katie Couric, Face the Nation, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes and The Early
Show. My duties generally include assisting with research, helping to draft
press releases, compiling daily news clips and providing support for media
How has The King's College prepared you for your internship?
My King's education has been great in helping prepare me to communicate
well and to think quickly. While my job doesn't necessarily rely on
politics, philosophy or economics, my studies have given me an acute
interest in the news and trends of the day, and being able to analyze the
news from a political or economic point of view is invaluable in journalism.
Knowing the way the market works or the importance of our federal system of
government, for instance, helps me to be able to understand and to analyze
what is going on in the world on a day-to-day basis. This has been a huge
benefit of my King's education.
What are some recent highlights of your internship?
So far, the most exciting thing I have been able to do was attend the
memorial service for CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. He was such a media
luminary, and such a noteworthy figure, that I was very grateful to be able
to attend. To be in a room with the who's who of media was perhaps the
greatest thing I could ask for my first week on the job! President Obama and
President Clinton spoke, along with Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw, the president
of CBS News and Sports, and the President and CEO of CBS Corporation. They
all regaled the life of Cronkite, which is really quite an inspiring (and
motivating!) moment for someone who is just entering the world of media.
What is your favorite part of your internship?
Though a lot of my job consists of typical intern duties, I really do
enjoy watching the process of news communications. I get to see what it's
like to interact with the media world, such as when reporters call inquiring
after this or that story. I'm learning what this type of environment is like
and how a network like CBS communicates about itself.
What are your future goals and why?
In the future, I know that I want to continue working in a
communications-oriented role. This could either be continuing in news or
doing the same in the world of politics or non-profit. As a very
vision-driven person, I love to work for a cause. To work in Media Relations
for a grassroots organization or a political campaign would be very exciting