The following was written by Frank Merchlewitz as he describes what it's like to be an intern at WXOW. Our parent company, Quincy Newspapers, Inc., came up with the term Quintern to show the uniqueness and importance an internship program has for the company.
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Quinternship isn't what you might expect an internship to be.
When I come to work, people don't say, "Hey, get me a cup of coffee!"
They say "Hey, get me video of the van in the side of the liquor store!"
Every day I come in is a mystery of what's going on in the community, where I'll go and who I'll talk to. It never gets old that way.
As soon as I get my marching orders, I research my story and head out to get it.
I've met so many interesting people in the Coulee Region.
I've talked to everyone from congressmen and volunteers, to British TV personalities and train enthusiasts.
My goal is to learn something new from everyone I talk to, and how that person can help me tell a story that anyone can find interesting.
When I'm done shooting video, I head back to the station to draft the story for the anchors.
After that, I edit the video that you see in our newscasts.
Then it's just a matter of posting my work to the web.
Sometimes the days are long, and they're certainly unpredictable. But at the end of the day, I still feel like I have the best job in the world.
I still get excited when I head up the hill to Channel 19, and I'm proud to be a part of your hometown team.
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