CBS Internship Puts King's Education to the Test
How useful is a Politics, Philosophy, & Economics education in today's fast-paced media world?
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 events.
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 for me.
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