This summer I had an amazing opportunity to work as an intern with CNN Sports for 10 weeks at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Rotating between four sub-departments in Sports, I was able to work with Bleacher Report, CNN International’s World Sport daily shows, the assignment desk and logging and editing.
My day-to-day work included everything from writing and producing packages for air, to covering breaking news and working with professional sports teams, to getting a feel for what it’s like to be an anchor and on-air, editing highlights and working with affiliates. Each rotation entailed different working hours, which gave me the chance to really get a feel for the 24-hour news cycle, especially at a major news network like CNN. It was especially thrilling working in CNN Sports during the 2014 World Cup, which was a big chunk of our coverage this summer.
For someone who wants to go into sports media, this internship covers every skill: on-air presence, producing, behind-the-scenes work, communication and knowledge of how a news network functions. On top of all that, I was able to actually contribute and pitch story ideas, and felt my opinion was valued.
While there were countless highlights, getting to work in the field at the BB&T Atlanta Open was my favorite project. I was able to go along with our World Sport team that interviewed several top 100 tennis players, work with the camera man while he was shooting b-roll, shadow the field producers and understand their role, as well as do some standups for my own reel. And throughout the summer, I also met many anchors, producers and CNN employees from all different desks I was able to learn from.
I absolutely would recommend this internship to anyone looking for a hands-on dive into the sports journalism world!
Nicole Comparato is a 2014 graduate of North Carolina and is in her first year of law school at the University of Miami. She also is enrolled in a joint program to earn a master’s degree in journalism.
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