WKAR Offers Student Hands-On Experience

Posted on: December 4, 2015

Elishia Johnson, WKAR intern

During a class taught by Media and Information Instructor Lisa Whiting Dobson, Elishia Johnson took a tour of the WKAR studios and students were encouraged to apply for positions with the network. Johnson filled out an application that night and now is an intern for WKAR-TV where she does set staging, runs cameras, edits TV promotions and floor directs.

“Being able to travel and work staging for live productions like Silver Bells in the City and the Michigan Blues and Jazz Festival are a few of the most interesting things I have done at WKAR,” said Johnson, a Media and Information senior. “Being involved in these productions from set up to tear down prepares me to be able to do these things on my own for future jobs.”

After graduation, Johnson hopes to attend graduate school and find a job in video production.

“I am especially interested in documentaries and nonprofits,” she said, “I want to be able to tell the stories of people whose stories need to be heard. I also would like to instruct classes on video production. Most of all, I hope that after graduation I will be able to use my skills to give back to the community.”

But first Johnson is getting the opportunity at WKAR to work on real sets and experience the flow of real productions. She said the WKAR staff is committed to students and take the time to help guide them.

Before working at WKAR, Johnson had a video production internship at Peckham Inc.

She says her Communication Arts and Sciences classes have helped with her internships by giving her hands-on experience in the classroom.

“The coursework in ComArtSci classes mock real life situations,” Johnson said, “and our professors and instructors push us to strive for no less than professional standards.”

Johnson has long had a love for media and technology and was involved with media and technology activities all throughout high school. She says she enjoys the connection of expressing yourself while telling a story and provoking emotion from an audience.

“I like video production because it allows you to express yourself in many ways,” she said. “You have to be able to think logically, critically, analytically, but you are also able to tap into your inner creativity at the same time.”

WKAR offers opportunities for student employment and internships in media production (TV, radio and online), fundraising, marketing and promotion, and office administration. More than two dozen students are employed or hold internships each semester.

For more information on internship opportunities at WKAR, contact the WKAR main office, Communication Arts and Sciences Building Room 212, at 517-884-4700.

by Rachel Tang, Public Relations Account Executive/ Journalism Senior

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