This week I missed a day out of my normal internship schedule to partake in my Exit Assessment. It was a nerve wrecking experience, but it helped further my interview skills. I encourage all Communication majors to take pride in the work they submit in each course. Every project and paper will benefit you in the end if they are done properly and skillfully. In addition, it will help with the preparation for Exit and a portfolio for potential job prospects.


Although I did miss a day in preparing for Youth of the Year, my work was patiently awaiting my arrival at my desk. I sent out our second news release for Youth of the Year, added final touches to the visuals being displayed at the event, assisted WTVM with editing footage of our finalist and prepared for our ArtBeat display. I know it seems like a lot, but its quite worth it when working for a phenomenal organization. We have one full week left until YOY is here, and I’m beyond excited.



CORY VEAL- Youth of the Year Interviews


In between the small preparations for YOY,  I have had the pleasure of interviewing our Hall of Fame Inductees for the ceremony. In addition to this being our first Corporate Youth of the Year, it is also the first year we will be inducting individuals and corporations into our Hall of Fame.  The first class of inductees will be honored for their willingness to give  to the organization regularly and more.

During my first interview, I experienced a small level of nervousness. I studied broadcast journalism heavily while in high school, but since I’ve been in college I haven’t utilized many of my skills. Once the interview started, my nervous mind set left me and I felt at home. Having a career in broadcast journalism was a dream of mine since I was a child. I worked hard to be on my high school’s news and entertainment program and I’m glad I have maintained the skills I worked so hard for five years ago. In doing so, I have been able to offer my non-profit organization an advantage.

I have two more interviews to complete next week and I’m beyond excited. I will be able to dip my feet back into the one part of the communication field that opened so many doors for me. And, with the mass media track in the Department of Communication I am prepared to learn so many new things that will help me in my future career.


BGCCV staff Marcus McBride and Myself

This week the  judging for the Youth of the Year finalist took place  at the AFLAC support center on Tuesday evening.  This is a major step in progression towards the main event in March at the National Infantry museum. The event included 10 judges who scored the finalist on character and leadership, obstacles overcome and the willingness to give back to his or her community and club.

Furthermore, I am so proud of each finalist. Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure to hear their life stories and get to know them a little better and I can truly say I have been touched by each child. So, regardless of who goes home with the  award, they are all deserving to be nominated for such a great title. Not to mention, our very own Professor McCullough had been helping each finalist over the past month prepare for their speeches.

Next week we will be continuing with the fine details of the event. We are just one step closer to success and I cant wait share more of this journey!



Youth of the Year is approaching and as we get closer to the date of the event, the more work there is to do.  I have spent the last  few days assisting the competitors for the  judging session that will take place on February 11, 2014. In doing so, we were able to take the four finalists to Kohl’s Department store for a styling session. Each finalist was able to pick one outfit for the judging session and one for the event in March.  Later we interviewed the kids for a segment that will air on WTVM and at the event itself. The footage from the interview will be aired during the event to allow the audience to gain more knowledge on each contestant. On Monday afternoon I also sent out our first new release regarding the event. Since then we have received positive feedback from our community supporters and media contacts. In addition, I have continued to update our Facebook page by posting current events that are taking place at our five clubs in the Columbus region.

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It is also a pleasure to look back on my blogs from last Spring and see the major strides BGCCV has made.  From the update of our Website, Facebook page and the direction of Youth of the Year, its really great to know that I have been apart of this great transition period.


Although the semester is just starting, my internship has been ongoing. I originally started interning at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley during Spring 2013. I was lucky to have been offered a permanent position towards the end of the semester. Since then, I have been on hand with planning events, updating social media websites and creating news releases. I have learned so much within this year and am truly blessed for this opportunity!

YOY STD Email graphic

During my junior internship, I worked heavily with our annual Youth of the Year event and this semester I will be doing the same. The major difference between last year and this year’s event is that this year will be our 1st Annual Corporate Youth of the Year. This is very exciting as I will be more on hands in co-planning this event. It will be held at the Infantry Museum on March 13, 2014.

In preparation for the upcoming event I have spent the past couple of weeks prepping news releases to come out chronicling the stages of the Youth of the Year event. I have also been confirming little, yet important details for the event. As far as media, I spent the early days of this week adding new sponsors to our website. I cant wait to share new details for whats to come!

Check out our new website and link to this important event!

Cory Veal- My internship Experience

This semester I had the pleasure of interning at two locations, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valleys’s administration office and the NPACE center. I was able to experience the world of public relations at a non profit organization and the world of media production at the NPACE center.

At the NPACE center I was able to place myself back into media productions. I have always had a passion for television production and to have been placed to work in the NPACE center I was able to increase that passion.  I was constantly around equipment and media related conversations. I also updated myself with the recent Final Cut Pro X, In design and adobe Photoshop.

One major task I had in the NPACE center was being on hand for the need of on-air written material. I was able to be apart of the NPACE centers grand launch by writing several PSAs that aired that day. I was also on hand for the day’s activities as well. I then wrote intros/ outros for the Artbeat radio event and even more PSAs focusing on specific events taking place during Artbeat 2013.

Over at the Boys & Girls Clubs, I expressed my passion for writing once again with assisting with Press Releases. I was able to write a couple of press releases, with one landing in the Ledger Enquirer. I am very pleased with accomplishing that task and being able to fulfill my duties at the office as well. I was also involved in helping plan the Youth of the Year Celebration at the Boys & Girls Clubs. There I was able to see the other side of PR work as far as planning an event that will not only benefit internal parties but help with the outside public’s view on the organization as well.

Both of my internships were an exciting experience and I am really appreciative of the real world experience I was able to obtain.


Cory Veal – Archiving and more

This past week in the NPACE center Professor Hart has requested that all videos be archived before the ending of the semester. Therefore I have been archiving each day that I have come in. I have been able to see so much footage from Artbeat and more. I have also had the opportunity to see the good and bad of videography. Some footage has been perfect and others may have been out of focus, contained bad lighting, or in the wrong frame. It is important to be able to recognize what can be fixed about a shot so that next time an individual goes back into the field they know exactly what they need to work on. I have personally been able to refresh myself with the entire process of archiving and viewing footage.

Throughout this semester I have seen and learned a lot in the NPACE center. But this past week I have really been hands on with the video footage and have gotten the chance to get a good gist on archiving at its best.