I am nearing the final weeks of my internship and my most recent assignment has been to write a press release. We have been waiting for one to come along that would be appropriate for me to take a stab at (one that is not heavily weighed or full of politics). I submitted a draft today for a press release announcing a new support program for young women with breast cancer. There are numerous support groups for women with breast cancer, but there are not any that designed around young women. There are specific issues that arise during treatment that are unique to young survivors, such as fertility issues, dealing with children, and work issues. This new support group will address those issues and is targeted for young women specifically.
I enjoyed writing the press release and, as always, I did my research. Since it was my first press release I spent some time going through others to get a feel for how they are written and the style that the hospital uses. I learned about the inverted pyramid, a style of writing that puts the most important information first (that is, what will appeal to the audience) and the least important information last (like a call to action). I enjoyed writing it and it will make a nice addition to my portfolio. The press release was one assignment that I wanted to complete during my internship in order to expand my capabilities as a writer.
Now that I got the press release out of the way, I can talk about the press conference that I attended yesterday. I had an opportunity to hang out with the media relations guy at Royal Oak hospital, so he had me attend a press conference that he helped arrange at Safety City U.S.A. in Royal Oak. You may have heard “Trouble in Toyland” on the news, and that’s what this press conference was for. Every year a company called PIRGIM releases a list of toys that are unsafe for children. This press conference addressed safety issues in everyday toys and what parents can do to protect their children. Channel 4 news was onsite, and so was someone from Channel 2 and channel 7. A WWJ broadcaster was there as well as a few local newspapers. It was interesting to see a different side of things and got me thinking about my search for an internship and job responsibilities. When I was searching for internships there were a lot that were ideal for journalism majors. Even a lot of the assignments I have taken on here at Troy were a challenge for me initially because I do not have any journalism experience. I think the Writing and Rhetoric program at OU could benefit from some journalistic classes in the professional track. With that said, I have been told that I was very prepared for this internship, more than others in the past, and I think that is because of the key concepts and fundamentals in the Writing and Rhetoric program, but I think an additional class that touches on a more journalistic style would be beneficial for students like me. Like I told the journalism intern I was talking with yesterday, “I had to master APA style, and MLA style, but I can’t tell you the first thing about AP style.” In an industry where there is so much overlap and so many opportunities, it might be helpful to have a class that would help with that in the future. With that said, I never once felt unprepared during my internship and have been given great feedback on my writing skills, which I can attribute the key concepts taught in the Writing and Rhetoric program at OU.
I will be taking next week of from my Internship to work on the portfolio assignment to complete the capstone. Expect at least one more update from me as I complete the internship. I hope everyone has good Thanksgiving.