I was an International Relations student and was only a few weeks away from finishing my second year of college, when I wondered: what should I do with my vacation time this summer? There were two requirements that I wanted to meet during the summer: to spend some time back in Colombia, and to do something completely outside of my comfort zone.
Keeping these "requirements" in mind, it occurred to me that I could get an internship as a news anchor! ...why not?
I contacted a news station in Colombia, and just two weeks later I had landed a summer internship with NTN24 News.
Culture shock in my own country: Things are a bit disorganized in Colombia. People say they will meet you at 8:00am on May 24th, and when the day and time comes around, they have forgotten about this agreement. A couple of hours later, I was let into the news station.
After this though, it was time to work. I wrote my first story on a dangerous poisonous snake! haha.
I got to read the story and work with the image editor to put the piece together. What an experience! A whole two hours later, this is what my first news story looked like:
Throughout the next few weeks, I met a few famous Colombian soap opera actors, models and news presenters. I got to see first hand how Colombia´s most famous morning show was produced, and see the same people I had seen on tv since I was a very young child, right in front of me.
Within a few weeks, I was in charge of covering Peru´s presidential elections, all by myself. I spent 14 hours working on this project non-stop, until it was finally ready to go on the air. I made three different clips about the debate, but this is the one project I am most proud of.
Want to see the result?
A few weeks later, I was done with my adventure as a news anchor. And here is what I took from the whole experience:
It was overall a great experience, and I am quite thankful and proud to have been able to live it!
Have you been interested in broadcast journalism? This was my experience, do you have your own?
Colombian, living and traveling the world (well- not so much at the moment) I am currently sharing my time between San Diego, CA and Albuquerque, NM.