Before this internship, I was not very experienced with the interviewing process. I had given amateur interviews before, for classes and for my band fraternity, but I had never given a professional, real-life interview. I was first presented this opportunity when I was asked to interview the Fifth Third Bank Vice President, Louise Gissendaner. I admit, my first draft of interview questions was not excellent. But with some help, I was able to rearrange the questions, take out unnecessary questions, and add questions that were more relevant to the interview subject. I interviewed her about her acceptance of The Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Communication Studies at Homecoming. It was a phone interview and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t a bit nervous at first. But as I called her and we got to talking, I realized that I actually really liked interviewing and it wasn’t so hard. My final draft of interview questions led to a conversation that flowed together and made for a very smooth, connected, and relevant interview.
After this interview, I also learned how to correctly write a news story. Although I knew the basics of news writing, it really helped to have my rough draft edited and reordered to be more fit to publish. I learned how to order paragraphs in order of importance, combine quotes, take out unnecessary information, use the correct writing format, blend information together to be less wordy, and more. After my first interview and news story, I felt much more educated and prepared for the next one!
The next two interviews I conducted were with the Ryan Seacrest contest winner and Comm Studies student, Marina Strah, and with the new Undergraduate Coordinator, Catherine Goodall. I felt that these interviews also went well and I’m confident in saying that I enjoy interviewing! My article about Marina had some kinks at first, but was much improved from the last. I’m sure that my current article about Catherine Goodall will be even better. I’m excited to keep improving my interviewing and writing skills and I’m glad for all of these opportunities that have been given to me!
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