Taylor Lehman — Intern at Ferst Readers

I consider myself lucky to be working with an organization such as Ferst Readers of Muscogee County. I had no prior knowledge of Ferst before a friend of mine recommended the internship to me during my sophomore year at CSU. I did not pursue it at the time because of work circumstances; however, when later approached by a former professor who remembered my writing skills, I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity. After learning about the organization’s mission, I felt confident in meeting their needs as an organization. Over the past month, I have learned how to truly manage my time and responsibilities dependent upon someone else’s time frame and obligations.



My responsibilities include calling parents to welcome them to Ferst and make sure they are receiving their books, posting the monthly newsletter to the website, keeping the website updated and making any necessary changes to it and/or their social media. I have also assisted in writing articles for their monthly newsletter. This prepares me for the “real world” by introducing the idea of reliable communication habits. I have to be consistent and relatively quick in my response time to emails.  I have also gained experience with performing what I like to call “quality” calls to parents. My perspective on internships in general has changed from hesitant to advocate. Its allowing me to gained necessary knowledge I can use later in life as well as utilize my skills in way I have not exercised before.



Addison Webster — WRBL News Intern

IMG_2431I had another long but fun week at WRBL. On Monday, I learned about graphics and practiced placing them in the noon show. On Wednesday, I filmed Chuck Williams for a story about future apartments across from TSYS. 

On Friday, I went to Recorder’s Court with reporter Kendrick Conwell. We were there to watch Tyrone Washington’s first court appearance after he allegedly murdered someone on Thanksgiving of last year. After court, I helped write the story for broadcast. Later on Friday, I ran the prompter for the first time during both the 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. shows. 

On Saturday, Chuck Williams and I went to a Republican rally which celebrated Doug Collins and the opening of the Republican Party headquarters on Manchester Expressway. When we got back, I helped Chuck edit the news package. After that, I helped find a kicker, or fun story, for the 11:00 P.M. Saturday show. I am excited to see what next week holds.

Addison Webster — WRBL News Intern

I worked five days this week at WRBL: a half day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and full days on Friday and Saturday. Here are some highlights:  On Monday I emailed candidates running for Alabama’s Super Tuesday election, asking for their headshots so that they could be featured. I also had more production training and practiced stacking my own show.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to do more of this in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, Chuck Williams, Kane, and I followed up an incident that was reported during a CSU Cougar Alert. During this story we spoke with some homeless men who were living under the 14th Street Bridge and then we asked Mayor Skip Henderson about what he is doing to solve the problem. 

IMG_2360.jpgWednesday, Kevin Roble, Tyler (a Production Assistant) and I went to Central High School. We filmed high school seniors who were new recipients to full ride scholarships to Alabama State University. I also wrote the script for this story. 

Friday, Chuck Williams and I followed up on the homeless population story we did on Tuesday. All of the men that were under the bridge were now gone.

Saturday, I was at the station from 3:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. During this time, I found two kickers, or fun stories, for the 7:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M. shows. I also checked the prompts for spelling errors.


Shayna Otinger –CSU Social Media Intern

These past two weeks have been dedicated to creating the promotional video for the print shop. During the past two weeks I have been checking equipment out, filming, and editing for the video. I have continued to make posts to our social media platforms as well. The video is almost complete. All that is needed are the ending credits with the communication department logo and I will have the completed piece. 

Note:  Shayna submitted a video of her work.  Our site does not support video at this time.


Shayna Otinger — CSU Social Media Intern

Since the beginning weeks of my internship, I have created a fair amount of projects for social media. In Week One, I reviewed and analyzed a social media platform that had previously been created, which was Facebook. Revisions were made and then another that I helped create was Instagram.  After revising or creating these, I started design work.  I created the social media promotional flyers and posters we put inside a banner stand.  These sit outside the CSU main entrance. We started our free goodie-bag project to promote the platforms as well. (Get a free goodie bag for a follow and a share). I then moved into creating the “Hiring” poster for a student-assistant position. Also, I created a flyer promoting our free give away of an engraved tumbler for a follow, like, and share of our social media pages. I hung the flyers and passed them out on both River Park and main campus. Lastly, I created a small flyer to be put “In The Know,” encouraging our faculty and staff to help inform the students of our services.

In these few weeks, we have gained 50 followers on our Instagram and received a little more action than usual on our Facebook page. Five posts have been created overall, and I have decided to have a two-to-three-posts a week schedule. Finally, revisions are currently in progress for the Cougar Copy Center’s main website page on CSU’s site.



Addison Webster — WRBL News Intern

It was a full week at WRBL. On Monday, I went out into the field with Kevin Roble and another trainee, Eldrick, to film some B-Roll.  This was for the Remarkable Women special that the station has been doing. This was a great experience because we went to a house that was being renovated by House of Heroes. We got to know the workers AND work on different angles and types of shots.

On Tuesday,  I added an extra day to my internship schedule. I also worked on my scripts. One intern, Kane, wrote a website article about an overturned gasoline trunk while I was able to produce the script for the 12:00 P.M. show. After that, Kane and I started producer training. We worked on stacking a show and looked for stories that are not in the Columbus Georgia area.

On Wednesday, I went to a press conference with reporter Chuck Williams. I helped ask some interview questions and took some photos at the conference for the website article. After we got back, I helped Chuck write the article. To finish out my Wednesday, I recorded audio for the Cougar Minute which will air on Monday!

Overall I had another productive week. I always feel like I’m learning so much and being productive with my time. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me at WRBL.

Addison Webster, WRBL News 3 Intern

Week of February 9th:

I had another good week at WRBL. On Monday I developed the technical skills of using  the studio cameras, working the graphics, and running the teleprompter.  It is important to be cross trained in all different areas so that you can do anything in the production studio. My long-term goal at WRBL, if I get a job post-graduation in May, would be to work in production as a Line Producer. In this role, I would also have to be able to work proficiently on the other technical areas at the news station.

Friday was Valentine’s Day so Abby Bradshaw and I went downtown with the purpose of filming the subject of love. Abby is a former CSU student and is now a news producer.  We started at Kilwin’s and filmed the workers making chocolate-covered strawberries.  We then went to a flower shop and filmed a husband’s adorable story about how he and his wife made a long-distance relationship work before moving in together on Valentines Day 10 years ago. At the end of the day,  Chuck Williams, a reporter, needed to film some live content at the CSU News Bureau. I went with him to help him set up and to queue him when to speak. This was fun because at 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M., I had the show’s producer in my ear (on headphones) telling me when to have Chuck start speaking.   I’m excited for another exciting week next week.