ERIC Number: ED438580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-10
The Externship: From the Classroom to the Newsroom.
Donald, Ralph R.
Defining the externship as an internship hybrid, an away-from-campus one-day experience which faculty build into the required assignments of many upper-division courses, this paper discusses a particular externship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville which is a regular part of a 300-level broadcast news course. All of the students in the course spend a day following a TV news reporter around the newsroom, attending story meetings, going out on location covering stories, and working in the editing room and on whatever else the reporter happens to encounter during the shift. After the externship the students provide the instructor with a short paper describing their experiences and also, in an open discussion session, students share their observations with the entire class. The paper advocates that no less than one junior year externship experience should be built into each professional sequence in a communications program. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (85th, Chicago, Illinois, November 4-7, 1999).