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News 14 Carolina Features UNCW's Hannah Brewer

Friday, February 21, 2014

By: Logan Thorpe

It is no doubt that the majority of students hope to receive an internship in the field of their choice. Sadly, that is not always the case. Finding the right internship can be like finding the perfect pair of jeans. You know the type, tight in all the right places--but with enough stretch to still be comfortable--not to mention the right color, cut, and style. For Hannah Brewer, a current Communication Studies major who graduates this spring, finding the ideal internship would not be an issue. Having the necessary credentials to qualify would. To receive school credit for an internship at UNCW, it must first be approved by the department, then the student has to have already completed the necessary course work prior to starting the internship.

For Hannah, the internship process worked out perfectly. She met reporters from local new stations at the Activities Fair this past spring, and from there was told to apply for an intern position at News 14 Carolina. Hannah received the internship. What once seemed like a far-fetched dream was now a reality. To prepare for her internship, Hannah spent the majority of her time figuring the best way to reach the 252 required hours in order to receive school credit. Hannah also researched the basics about News 14 Carolina; their broadcasting approach, frequency of reports, and types of reports.

Each morning began promptly at 8 a.m. with a morning meeting. During morning meetings, reporters and journalist gathered to discuss the day's upcoming stories, potential stories, and leads. From there, every day was something different. Some days Hannah went on location with reporters or photographers, some days she wrote scripts, or even edited film. Her work depended on where she was needed or what she had the most interest in doing. When asked her favorite part about her internship, Hannah said, "I loved that each day was something different; I got to cover protests, city council meetings, Britt's Doughnuts seasonal opening, a wedding expo and even a press conference."

News 14 Carolina is unlike the majority of new stations in the Wilmington area. They operate 24 hours a day, which makes their writing different, as well as the stories they cover. The reporters at News 14 Carolina write, shoot, and edit the majority of the stories they cover. This gave Hannah the opportunity for many valuable hands-on experiences that she believes could not have been simulated through a classroom. Ultimately Hannah hopes to someday become and entertainment reporter on the nightly news. With hard work and perseverance, Hannah was able to land her first internship, and a potential second internship with News 14 Carolina this spring! Way to go Hannah!