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From Internship to Career This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

     I have wanted to study broadcast news for as long as I can remember. While I'd planned my future for years, I took a tangible step toward this goal last year with an internship at KACT TV, Channel 8 in Aurora.

With an average of 4,000 viewers, this was no major outlet, but Channel 8 taught me skills and allowed me to grow in a way I am certain no class ever would. More important, it validated what I have always believed: I want to work in broadcast news.

Initially, my tasks were far from glamorous. I logged tapes, a tedious process in which I learned that 20 minutes of footage makes only two minutes of actual news. This seemingly boring procedure really was valuable since it trained me to look for different shots and listen for sound bites.

Next I began shadowing a reporter on assignment.

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