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June 8, 2009

List of Professional Goals

1.  Create a new section on the online site that will attract an audience

2.  Write at least 3 stories that will end up online or in print.

3.  Shoot, edit and produce at least 5 video news segments

4.  Create a blog on the online site that will attract an audience

5.  Follow one particular story or subject in depth for the summer

6.  Gain experience shooting and editing video on a tight schedule

7.  Obtain better interviewing skills

8.  Discover at least 1 story on my own and break it to the paper/public


June 8, 2009


Please talk with your supervisor about projects for portfolio and resume reel (broadcast, broadcast news students) during interview process. Ensure that your supervisor provides internship director with a list of your assigned duties, as requested when your registration form is submitted.

Research and provide a 2 page report on the organization. Include the history. (i.e. MTV started in 1980 and was bought out by… or mPRm Public Relations is an independent mid-size public relations, marketing and promotions agency founded in 1998 by PR professionals, Rachel McCallister and Mark Pogachefsky. Since then…). Which companies provide their biggest competition? What is your company’s motto/philosophy? What are the opportunities for advancement?

Outline the organization’s current leadership. (Who is your supervisor? Who does your supervisor answer to? Who does your supervisor’s boss answer to? And so on up to the CEO and owner.)

Provide weekly summer schedule, including work weeks and any vacation during internship. Add hours to ensure you meet required minimum hours for registered credits.


Students will submit a final list of personal goals/learning objectives for internship. What do you want to accomplish? Also, please submit a list of professional goals that include proposed projects for portfolio and /or resume’ reel. These should be related to the duties you’ve been given at your internship site. For example: write 3 press releases, design and develop a brochure, or produce 3 news stories on multiple platforms. Deadline: June 5, or within 3 days of your arrival at internship.



June 8, 2009

The place that I am doing my summer internship is the Burlington Times-News, located in Burlington, North Carolina.  The Times-News is a newspaper that is circulated daily, mainly throughout Alamance County.  It has an average circulation of around 27,000 people and continues to grow today thanks to new subscription methods and the development of the on-line site. 

The Times-News was founded in 1931 after the merger between the Burlington Daily Times and the Burlington News.  The Burlington News was originally formed in 1923  while the Burlington Daily Times dates back to 1887.  In 1978, the Burlington Times-News joined Freedom Communications Inc.  It is still owned by Freedom Communications today.  The paper has had a long history of journalistic development and has been accepting interns for a number of years.  It partners with many nearby universities such as Elon University and  Guilford College and works with the schools and their departments to improve journalism in the area.   The paper also features a popular “Here & Now” section that is written by high school students from the area.  The online site has also begun to incorporate weather segments involving students from local Elementary schools. 

 The paper focuses mainly on local news coverage around Alamance County.  It obtains most of its funding from subscription and advertising fees although declining readership has forced the paper to take new approaches from a business standpoint.  The paper has won numerous awards including several from Freedom Communications Inc. and from the state of North Carolina.  The Times-News has won several awards in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest for general excellence, best sports section, photography and writing.