Franchesca Renfroe – Reflection

When I first began this internship, I didn’t know what to expect. In hindsight this was an amazing opportunity. I’ve learned a better work ethic as well as perfected my AP Style of writing. I’ve learned how to search for the big story and get that story out in record timing.

One of the biggest things this internship has taught me is how to be an efficient leader. Having a team of journalist can get pretty hectic. Every interview, assignment, email-sent is important. Patience is a must. As well as finding the common ground between being a peer and being a leader. I have worked with a group of amazing people who all are aiming for the same goals in life as me. That is definitely the push I need to make it forwards.

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Another late night going through articles and posting. 

Some days were tough, the workload seemed to drown me a some point and, I question myself plenty of times whether or not I was cut out for this business. Every time I asked that questioned, I knew the answer is yes! This internship has solidified my decision to become an Entertainment Journalist. I love the work, the exclusive interviews, writing. I love it!

When I was offered the official Editorial Assistant position for the fall, I knew I was on the right path towards my dreams. This summer was definitely a successful one. Big things are coming in the future and I am excited about them!

I am happy that you all were with me during my journey this summer. Blogging about the great things I’ve gotten to do this summer definitely amplified everything. Now I continue on my journey as an Editorial Assistant! AWESOME!


Franchesca Renfroe – Offered a Job In the Fall


I have been offered an invitation to officially become a part of #TeamVain in the fall. I would be an Editorial Assistant with a team of five or six interns. We would be working on the Erica Vain Magazine, now that it is officially on stands. I would be attending meeting once a week, coming up with content for a section of the monthly magazine (and assigning that content), I am also the link between my bosses and young adults (I keep things hip and fresh while keeping them in-the-know about what is happening in the world), and I would be building my own brand.

My own brand?

Do you guys know what this means?!

I will be making my name known in the entertainment industry, writing and interviewing. Basically building and giving my name credit in the Entertainment Journalism world. It’s not a tricky answer whether or not I accepted the job.


It’s going to be an extremely busy fall, but we have the ball rolling. Good things are going to come and I am so happy that I found this internship. The summer has flown by quickly, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Franchesca Renfroe -Going To My First Awards Show!

BET Hip-Hop Awards

It’s official, I will be covering the BET Hip-Hop Awards first hand! This is going to be my first major event coverage. I will be traveling up to Atlanta and conducting interviews for the website throughout the day. I’m so excited! Since this will be my first big event I will be working along side my boss. I know the day is going to be long and hot, but it will definitely be worth it!


I have also gotten exclusive Information about a movie that will be premiering on Hallmark Channel in September. The name of the movie is, “The Watson’s go To Birmingham.” I had to draft up the article to put on the site. One thing I have learned is that in the world of entertainment writing you have to be prepared to receive information to write about. New stories can come in at any point. No matter what time, you have to be ready to put the news out. Time is always of the essence.

Franchesca Renfroe – Well Hello There…. Magazine Angle.

Well, I’m going to be pitching my very first magazine angle. My pitch centers around VH1 Single Ladies star, Denise Vasi. I’m trying to come up with all these clever ideas. Hopefully, my boss will like one of them! I’m slightly nervous because I’ve never pitched an idea for an entire magazine. Articles, yes. Magazines, no! I’ve decided to sit down with a cup of Green tea and not get up again until I have a least five angles ready to pitch. After that is done, I get to think of an angle for Kat Graham better known as Bonnie Bennett in The Vampire Diaries. It’s going to be a super fantastic week!

Franchesca Renfroe – You Lead With Your Own Titles!

This week has been crazy! My boss is on her way to NYC for some important meetings. This leaves me completely in charge of the newsrooms. Being in charge of the newsrooms has taught me a lot about leadership, patience, and how to have fun at work. With the summer winding down I have to give that extra push to my fellow interns. This is the last leg of the race, no need to drop the baton now!


This basically describes the the way I feel perfectly – Mood swings and all

I find myself doing leadership tasks more naturally now. For example, we have always had a problem with the titles that are put on articles. For a couple of days I decided to just do the titles over. Then today, I let the journalism people pitch me their ideas. I wrote their ideas down and as an extra assignment I told them that they have to come up with their own titles. I made sure that they knew the titles had to be unique and nothing regurgitated from other media sites. Later on today I will see if this tactic worked! Wish me luck guys!

Franchesca Renfroe -The BET Awards! … 7 1/2 Hours??

This was my first year watching the BET Awards as a press agent and not as a regular spectator. I definitely saw a huge difference between the two. had a completely new look especially for the awards show, since we were expecting higher traffic that night. We were even streaming the awards live from the site so people could watch them online! The team and I were in the newsroom.

BETAwardsI made sure to have the coffee brewing because I knew it was going to be a long night. As soon as the awards show started I was assigning performances for people to cover. Then we had exclusive backstage footage to cover that our boss was sending us from LA. On top of that, we had to cover people’s looks at the awards show red carpet. Throughout the awards show I had to keep track of the winners and anything new that may have premiered during the show.

I was able to glance at what was going on every now-and-then, but in all honesty I didn’t see the entire show. I saw the highlight of performances, and who won each award, but that was about it. Once the award show was over, the work was not done. We were up working to get information out about the winners. We had to move quickly because timing was crucial. Then after all of that I went and wrote the articles for the movie premieres previews that happened during the show. By the time I was done, it was 3:30am. And It had been a whopping 7 1/2 hours to cover the awards show. If I didn’t have to work so late at my other job it would’ve been 10 hours. Whew! It was still a fun experience!

Franchesca Renfroe -Two Words: Virtual Internship!

 When spring semester was coming to an end I only knew two things: 1. I needed an internship 2. All of the internships I applied for were not accepting me. I had the dream of interning in New York while living in an overly expensive dormitory. A girl can dream can’t she? Well, that never happened. But what I stumbled upon was even better. A virtual internship! Now, this might seem like a breeze but it is just as time consuming as a regular internship. At first my bed was my make shift office, now I actually have one on the kitchen table.


I am interning with Vain LLC. this summer. I am a journalism intern and I write for the Erica Vain Weekly Magazine. When this internship started, I hit the ground running. Many people have told me that in the writing industry only the strongest survive. So, you must put on your grown-up pants and do above and beyond your job requirements. Within my first two weeks, I was doing my very first feature interview. It was with Flo from the Oxygen show Bad Girl’s Club. I was so nervous! I’ve never interviewed someone in-depth before (even with my nerves I made it through!)




After that, I became the Chief Intern. Now, I am learning the ropes of what it’s like to be a lead journalist and be the person coming up with ideas for stories, running the newsroom every morning,  assigning work, making sure everything is on track, being on call 24/7. It’s hard and sometimes I feel overwhelmed but I push through. This week we are getting ready for the 2013 BET Awards. Next week is going to be crazy! We are scheduling interviews. My boss is preparing for her trip to LA. We have to keep everything together on the east coast. It’s going to be a wild week! I’m ready for it!