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.
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