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  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 1:09 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: asking for new assignments, asking your supervisor, fox 29, , , , , news department, news station, overcoming shyness, shy, social anxiety   

    Shy? Speaking Up At Your Internship 

    very_shy_person_xlargeI’m a naturally shy person.

    People don’t believe me when I tell them that. I can talk to anyone. That doesn’t mean I like it. A firm believer in the fake-it-till-you-make-it ideology, I can strike up a conversation with strangers about anything, despite my intense anxiety.

    For the first few weeks of my internship, this anxiety did not serve me well. It took me about a month to work up the courage to go stick my head into other departments and start talking to people. Once I did, I couldn’t stop: I was constantly asking for the assignments I was really interested in, the things I was most looking forward to doing at a news station, and I was rarely turned down.

    Now, as my internship is starting to wind down, I regret sitting at my desk for so long. In the height of summer here, I started to work up the courage to ask for extra assignments, the ones I really wanted, and – lo and behold, my help was both wanted and needed. I started shooting behind the scenes footage of Good Day, I was able to attend the meetings I wanted to go to, I became friendlier with the producers and cast, and even ended up going on air. None of that would have been possible if I had stuck to my desk and done my job, only my job, and nothing more than my job.

    You can be certain that at least one person you work with was an intern once. You can be certain that you are not the first intern to walk through those doors. We loves to make fun of interns and act as if they do nothing but fetch coffee all day (ala The Devil Wears Prada), but that isn’t reality. Most people you will come across are going to appreciate your work.

    If there’s something else you want to do: ask. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Nobody will ever know that you are interested unless you speak up. A supervisor in another department was shocked when I mentioned editing- “I didn’t know you were interested!”- and then set me up in a booth that day.

    It’s a cliché to say it, but it’s true:  the worst thing they can say is ‘no’. And if they do? You’re going to be out of there in a few months anyway and on to a new workplace that respects your talents a little bit better.

    photo via sodahead

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    • Julia Beyer 7:09 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great points. I think this is something that we can all relate to. I am also including this in the SOC Spot newsletter.

  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 2:23 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , american university financial aid, american university scholarships, financial aid, fox 29, , good day philadelphia, , ,   

    Repping AU! 

    asdfawer (2)AU doesn’t have a small price tag. Ranked as the second most expensive school in the country, it takes a pretty big chunk of change to attend our school. However, AU isn’t oblivious to this fact: over 80% of incoming freshman received financial aid and distributes almost $75 million to students. I’m a Frederick Douglass Scholarship recipient, and that money really helps me be able to attend AU.

    So what does this have to do with my internship? Today on Good Day Philadelphia, we had a segment on universities and scholarships. A financial expert came in and talked about all the ways that parents can find “hidden money” for their students. On top of that, I was asked to come on the show and talk about my experience as a student! I wore my AU hoodie and spoke about the advisors we have who can help you navigate the financial aid maze. Probably not my best television debut (should have worn my contacts to get rid of glasses glare!), but it was a lot of fun and I’m glad I was able to represent our school. Everyone knows college is expensive, but there are ways to make it a little more bearable.

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  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 1:25 pm on July 25, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: fox 29, , , , , , news room   

    Why Bring Lunch to Work? 

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    In some workplaces, there’s free coffee in the break room. Every once in a while, it’ll be Bob’s birthday or Janice’s retirement and you’ll be treated to some cake. Maybe your employer even springs for bagels on Friday mornings.

    At my internship? There’s always food in the newsroom.

    One of the first things I learned working for a major news network is that people love the free publicity that comes from a camera. On our morning show, Good Day Philadelphia, people are constantly sending in treats, just because our talent may give them a ten second shout out on air. If we run a package with any type of business, you can be certain that there will be goodies waiting in the newsroom. Interviewed a local bakery about their award-winning cupcakes? Expect four dozen of them in the newsroom. Traveled down to the Jersey shore to do a segment on their recovery from Hurricane Sandy? You’ll be traveling back with four pounds of saltwater taffy.

    In my weeks of working for FOX 29, I’m first to know about breaking news, I’m on first-name basis with local celebrities, and I’ve held a ball python. But one of my favorite parts of the day will always be heading up to the newsroom to scope out local cuisine.

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