By Rachel Judy
August 21, 2015
Flora Khoo visits the set during her internship with CBN News. Photo courtesy of Flora Khoo.
Whether they're behind the camera or the face on-screen, Regent University students aren't waiting until they finish their degrees to experience the world of news and sports. For three students in Regent's School of Communication & the Arts, this summer provided the perfect opportunity to step out of the classroom and into the newsroom.
Journalism graduate student April Allbritton served as an intern at the NBC affiliate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She started at the news desk, researching information and calling people to schedule interviews. But, when the station realized she was a solid writer, they began giving her assignments to write copy for the evening news. Allbritton was also given the opportunity to go out with a cameraman and reporter and assist them in the field. On several occasions, she even went out by herself with the cameraman and did interviews.
"One of the biggest highlights for me was when I was able to interview Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, and famous sports guru Pat Summerall," she said looking back.
As an intern at the Christian Broadcasting Network's (CBN) Washington D.C., news bureau, Flora Khoo attended press conferences on Capitol Hill and at the White House. But, the highlight of her summer was interviewing former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands Mary Lar after the suicide bombing attacks that hit three Nigerian churches on June 17. The interview was aired as the lead story on CBN's Christian World News five days later.
"To be able to do news was like being a part of history, to be able to play a part in making things happen and creating change," Khoo said. "Washington, D.C., is the heart and soul of the nation where policies are made and the future of the nation is being decided. So it was a very exciting time for me to be there."
Perhaps one of the biggest news stories of the summer was the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Cinema-television MFA in directing student Lee Clements was invited to work as a production assistant with NBC in London. Clements was assigned to an edit suite where his primary job was to help the editor and assistant director with anything they needed.
"I now have two Olympics and a Superbowl on my résumé, and have worked for ESPN, NBC and the Olympic Broadcasting System," said Clements who worked in television before beginning his graduate program at Regent. "For someone who just turned 25, this is a pretty strong benefit."
Allbritton is sure that her time in the classroom prepared her for her time in front of the camera. "We had assignments that sent us out to interview strangers," she said. "I was very intimidated in those assignments, but with each one, got more and more comfortable. I was able to do amazing interviews this summer to where the cameramen complimented me on my ease through the interviews. I would not have been able to do that without having the training from Regent last year."
Khoo agreed and added that she believed her internship left a lasting impression. "It was very good to listen, to experience what it means to be reporting news from a Christian perspective and to be able to learn how to produce stories on faith and politics," Khoo said. "When you're talking about being a Christian journalist, it's more than covering a story, covering the news. It's about being a solid light and being ready when God calls you."
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