I loved my internship and had the chance to learn so many new skills, all while meeting tons of new people. Be eager to learn and be personable — everyone likes that. But don’t be annoying and require constant supervision. Whenever it slows down in the newsroom, learn how to find and make your own work to show to your producers and supervisor.

Also, having the chance to spend a few days in different parts of CBC is completely worth it. The more exposure the better, because you learn new things and meet new people, becoming more dynamic as a result. CBC is accommodating for interns who are eager to work and go to different areas in the building.

 

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Briefly speaking, my internship was a testament of hard work being rewarded. I interned at the CBC on Andrew Nichols’ show, which felt like what some might consider a stereotypical internship–little responsibility, and an expectation to simply observe. I voiced my eagerness for more work and was switched to Carole MacNeil’s show. There I learned the role of an associate producer, which in the end, got me hired.

Retrospectively, the most important takeaway is timing. Concerns will arise and it’s important to voice those, but to do so at the appropriate time. Take a step back, assess the issue, and see what you can do yourself before voicing any concerns.

 

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As intimidating as it was, my time at CBC was an amazing experience. I went in thinking I may not really be reporting in the field during the 6 weeks –but, it was the opposite. Most days, I could pitch subjects and report on them. Once I learned the basics –  I spent most of my time interviewing and writing drafts of my stories. The staff were so supportive and willing to put their jobs aside to help me.

One thing I wish I could’ve done more was multimedia, which is tasked to a separate CBC sector. Because of that, I did not get the opportunity to learn how CBC made its multimedia elements.

An important thing I learned through this internship is that you have to grow a thick skin. After my first piece was published I got horrible comments. It also helped me realize the importance of deadlines and learning how to write captivating headlines. At CBC, headlines are everything.

 

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During my internship at CBC, I was given many opportunities to develop my skills as a journalist, gaining real professional experiences. From the first day, I shadowed producers and learned how the show operated. I was encouraged to pitch a lot – giving me many chances to get my ideas on air. My team was very welcoming and open to teaching me new things. Thus, I feel very lucky with my placement as I was trusted with a lot of responsibility that would exceed what an intern would usually get. As a result, I was offered a job after my internship.

 

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CBC was a fast-paced learning curve; I was thrown into so many situations (for TV, Radio and web writing) that I didn’t expect.

My advice:

  1. If you want to do CBC, don’t underestimate ALL the skills you learn in any journalism, radio, podcast, or even English class – I used skills I learned in first-year.
  2. Try to make a couple contacts during your time. I worked to impress my bosses because I wanted to work in Toronto after and it worked – they hired me!
  3. Don’t be intimidated by CBC — don’t rule it out. You know more about the journalism industry (and news in general) than you think you do.
  4. Say yes, be eager, and don’t worry about making mistakes – because you will.
  5. Brush up on current news, politics and the courts beforehand.
  6. If you want to write or do radio, make a point of asking to do these during your internship, they will eventually trust you enough if you prove yourself.
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