PCLI hosts internship panel at Stony Brook

The Press Club of Long Island hosted an internship panel discussion on Nov. 6 at Stony Brook University, in which intern advisors at Newsday, Patch, Hamptons.com and News 12 Long Island offered tips on what it takes to land a journalism internship and make a lasting, positive impression.

The group outlined the basic skills expected of intern applicants, offered tips on how to nail an interview, and shared secrets on what it takes to take full advantage of the role.

Panelists included:

  • Nicole Brewer, Executive Editor, Hamptons.com and executive vice president of PCLI.

  • Carl Corry, Newsday’s online local news editor and chairman of the Martin Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism at Stony Brook

  • Henry Powderly, Suffolk regional editor at AOL’s Patch.com

  • Margarita Kuyenov, Talent Acquisition Manager at News 12 Networks

  • Ann Bernzweig, intern coordinator at News 12 Long Island

More than 30 Stony Brook journalism students attended the panel discussion.

The event was co-sponsored by the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, the Stony Brook student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Martin Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism.

Brewer, who moderated the discussion, emphasized that students must not exaggerate their experience or skills on their resumes.

There was some discussion on the question of whether passion trumps experience for internship applicants. Some panelists said specific examples of good work are paramount in their consideration of potential candidates.

In the absence of that experience, however, someone who exudes passion for journalism and a desire to learn can stand out, said Bernzweig, of News 12.

Even an applicant’s online presence is taken into consideration, said Corry, who mentioned that newsday.com values strong social media and multimedia skills. Corry, who is also a director at large of national SPJ, said candidates should set up a website using WordPress or a similar service that highlights their best work.

Panelists also stressed the importance of keeping in contact with supervisors from previous internships because it can ultimately lead interns to secure great opportunities before or after graduation.

-By Atiba Rogers, president of the Stony Brook University SPJ chapter

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  1. Greg Fischer says:

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  2. Nikos says:

    , about taking the bacsis of living worries off.What most everyone has said about being able to buy things to provide leisure/recreation/hobbies that really do increase our happiness (the doing of the leisure activity, or engaged in a hobby, etc.)Along with that last, is being able to take vacations, and create fun memories, and get away from the routine of your daily life. We haven’t been able to do that, except for two years ago when my inlaws paid for and took us on a vacation to California; the JOY I hold in my heart at remembering the innocent delight, glee, fun, and wonder that my then 5 year old daughter expressed upon discovering she was actually MEETING Princess Aurora, and the others, and all the other fun of Disneyland . . . . that goes FAR, FAR beyond the money it cost to take us there.Being able to get out there and LIVE, and do fun things, and create memories. Granted, one needs to ALWAYS look for ways to do that, on whatever budget you have, and we do, but obviously there are many, many more options with money. And the park gets old after awhile (but not for my daughter! so we keep going . . .)The opportunity to bond more with those you are close with, and create common experiences together, yet that are out of the ordinary, very memorable, and happy and joyous and carefree . . . that, as the Mastercard commercials would say, is Priceless.The capacity to GIVE to others would also be increased, with money, and that creates a happiness in ones’ self as well. It isn’t so much that I’d be purposefully buying my own happiness by, say, helping pay for programs to help women in Africa, help build wells in African villages, or other things, I have a sincere desire to help, and THAT is the primary purpose . . . . but neither will I deny any positive feelings inside myself about it, either. Also, being able to promote mental health issues, and lobby state and national legislators on these issues, would be easier with money. And that would make me very happy indeed. Hee! As well as potentially helping alot of other people, if anything I did caused any positive progress at all . . . BUT!On the other hand, (sorry to go on so long!). One’s identity needs NOT to be tied up in the money, and everything you can get (which, I have major problems with cause I feel so strongly I HAVE TO BUY MORE STUFF to be happy, even if it’s only a few more peridot beads, or whatnot . . .) Money . . . is only worth what people, society at large, think it is. To base one’s own worth and happiness on what other people think something is worth . . .Although since society determines the base price of things, generally, at least somewhat, in a market economy, that does become what the money is worth, even if WE say it is just paper. Ack. I’m rambling. I’m TRYING to make a few points, though.One can be happy without money. One can be happy WITH money.Money helps provide things that ease worries and living situations, as well as provides access to health care, physical and mental. Money helps us ease these things for others, both those we love and know, and those around the world. Money helps us access those things that provide enjoyment, relaxation, leisure, and activities to help fill our time in a positive, productive way (ie, creating something with a creative hobby). Money can help us access experiences and places with those we love that will provide opportunity for wonderful memories.What we DO with the money can help our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. The money itself, doesn’t provide happiness, but it can provide access to doings with it that are helpful . . .When it comes down to it, though, we are OURSELVES, inside our own skin, regardless of any externals we may or may not have, and it is THIS that I think the study and those like it may be researching . . . If I LOATHE the way I am so needy, lonely, over-talkative at times, overly shy and afraid and extremely fearful . . . no amount of money will make me LIKE those things about me. (With that said, money spent on mental health care will help, IF IF IF I put in the work on my own part to engage in therapy, do “homework”, and improve these things as I learn how through therapy and with meds).If I am not happy because I just have a sour outlook on life, and am pessimistic that things generally are going downhill in society, and say apathetic about the political process and that they are all corrupt anyway, no amount of money is going to make me happy, with these attitudes . . . (Those aren’t necessarily my opinions, just an example.)SO. Sorry to go on so long, and not so efficiently in some places, but I think I made myself clear in quite a few spots! Please tell me it’s okay I went on about this . . . ? And whatcha think!

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