To prospective Quinterns:
Apply to be a Quincy Quintern. The opportunity is a great career move.
Being a Quintern is dynamic. You do something different every single day.
I personally fell in love with the news side of TV business (and didn't expect to). There is so much more to local news than you'd think. As a member of News 19, you will grow to comfortably perform a wide variety of tasks, including:
- shooting HD video
- editing video
- interviewing the state governor, county sheriffs, circus ringmasters, etc.
- writing stories for news anchors
- writing stories for the web
- updating news headlines
- updating social media platforms
You'll pick up on the news language (If you don't know what a "VO SOT," a "package," a "CG" or a "lav" is, you will learn, and quickly.)
You don't need any experience doing any of those things before you start. At News 19, you get to try your hand at many different positions, helping you find exactly what you like to do. If you work hard and apply yourself, you'll earn the news team's trust, and they will eventually let you organize, shoot, interview, and write entire stories completely solo.
You don't have to be a journalism or broadcasting major in order to benefit from the Quinternship program. I'm a liberal studies major with hopes of being a screenwriter for the TV or film industry. Regardless, I know without a doubt that all the skills I've learned here will come in handy down the road.
Unlike other internships, WXOW pays you to learn. Employees here welcome you to be a part of the Hometown Team. They include you in story meetings, invite you to events such as the YWCA banquet, and always acknowledge and respect your opinions. You can spend time with the commercial production crew, helping them set up shoots and observing how they edit commercials. You can learn about lighting, setting up equipment, being on set, and the post-production process. You get to know the entire staff (including the anchors), and you form friendships with many of them.
Aside from these career connections, being a Quintern gives you wonderful insight into your community. As a reporter, you interview fascinating and inspiring people. Hearing their stories and knowing that I help report those stories to viewers always makes me feel like what I'm doing is important and worthwhile.
Isn't that what everyone hopes for as they pursue their careers? Now it's your turn.
Molly Grosskreutz, Quintern
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