Our interns are at it again… and this time, they enjoyed some Italian food with some great company, Joy DiBenedetto. Joy has a long list of accomplishments, but she’s best known for her roles at CNN, CARE, and Friendship Force International. She is currently founder and CEO of HUM, a media company dedicated to “closing the geographic gap in media.” This essentially means the company reports stories from 117 countries and territories that otherwise would go unheard.
Here’s what our interns took away from their meeting:
–Look for gaps: Embrace your inner-journalist. Be curious, ask questions. Find holes and missing pieces to the story. If you can’t find an answer, help create a solution.
–Market your ideas: Today’s technologies are your friend. You don’t need a gate keeper anymore, you have the ability and means to develop your ideas and market them yourself (Joy did this with her First Ladies Coalition).
–Find yourself before you find yourself with someone else:Â Whether this means traveling or just discovering where your true passions lie, Joy says it’s important to find out what you love about yourself before taking the next steps with someone else.
–Never stop learning/networking:Â Take every opportunity you get to learn something new. You never know when you may need to apply those skills in a later task or job. The same goes for networking. You never know when a former connection could lead to your next big thing.
–Fellowships:Â There are so many opportunities out there. It is just a matter of finding and pursuing what really interests you. Don’t be afraid to try.
Like her name says, it was truly a joy to meet her. Thanks, Joy!
-Lauren Sloan and Alison Menhart, NewsON interns
This afternoon, our interns sat down with Jane Williams, Executive Vice President of Television at Cox Media Group. Williams has this saying, a motto, if you will; one that embodies who she is as a person and shows how she has risen to such prominence today.
So, what’s this motto, you ask? One that she even hung up on her wall. It goes a little something like this:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, butÂ peopleÂ will never forget how you make them feel.” -Maya AngelouÂ
And boy, is it true. Though the girls won’t forget what Mrs. Williams said (they took detailed notes, of course) they definitely won’t ever forget how empowered she made them feel, especially as two young women entering the work force (no notes needed there).
Here’s what they learned:
What’s the difference between managers and leaders? Managers do things right. But leaders do the right thing. There’s a difference there, and that difference is key.
Don’t be afraid of conflict. Address the problem head-on; there’s no point in running from the inevitable, you’re going to have to deal with the issue eventually. Even if you simply agree to disagree, at least you’re not avoiding the problem.
When faced with difficult situations or discussions, Williams likes to use her humor to diffuse the situation and lighten the mood. The opportunity to make someone smile is priceless, she says. And what better way to do that than laughter.
Some people say life’s not a destination, it’s a journey. But Jane has a different saying: life’s a dance. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t have a great time while dancing? Exactly… So dance everyday; enjoy it.
Yup, that’s her philosophy. But you see, the trick is you can’t do it for a promotion; you need to do it because you genuinely care. Eventually, your hard work and good morale will give you a good name in the industry. And before you know it, people will be tapping on your shoulder asking you to make them look that good. So really it’s a win, win.
Thank you, Jane Williams, for being a true inspiration for the future of the business.
-Lauren Sloan, NewsON Intern
Do you have internet access? Considering you’re reading this right now, I know you do….
But did you know you also have instant access to video clips from local news stations nationwide thanks to our new browser video hub? That’s right: this week we launched new website, allowing viewers to watch and search local news stories all in one convenient location. Whether you’re interested in top stories, weather news or uplifting tales, our new browser video hub has everything you need. The newÂ website complements our mobile streaming app which gives you high-profile clips right at your fingertips. Quick and easy steps help you download this mobile app so you can have local news nationwide on the go! This exciting launch is helping us get even closer to ourÂ vision of providing access to local news content nationwide to all consumers regardless of platform.
So what are you waiting for? Check it out now!Â http://newson.us
They say good things come in small packages. And it’s true. Take for example, an envelope.
And with that, I give you today’s Lauren’s Lesson:
Always send a Thank You note in a timely manner after an interview-Alex Sembra, Editorial Lead
Sure, sometimes they can be a pain; they take away some of your precious time. But when it really comes down to it, a simple “Thank you” can go a long way. And at the end of the day, it really doesn’t take long–just devote five to ten minutes of your time to say thanks. After all, they spent their time meeting you, so the least you can do is take a bit of your time to thank them in return.
A good Thank You note can be seen as a kind gesture, but it’s also just good manners. In fact, people think it’s rude when you DON’T send one *cough, cough my boss*. You’d hate for this to be the reason why you didn’t get the job.
So next time you’re on the job hunt, remember to always write a Thank You note after your interview. But whatever you do, don’t bake a cake. That’s too much of a thank you. (And yes, that actually happened. And no, they did not get the job.)
Lessons are learned everyday here at NewsON! Stay tuned for more Laurenâ€™s Lessons soon.
-Lauren Sloan, NewsON Intern
We thought you would all like a chance to hear the interns’ take on some of what we encounter daily here at NewsON. Lauren brought you the first “Lauren’s Lessons” yesterday, and now I’m here with “Ask Alison,” a feature that will hopefully answer any questions you’ve been dying to ask.
Something we feel has often been asked is “Why NewsON?” or more specifically, “Why NewsON over another local station app?”
Well that’s easy. First off, we’re not telling you not to download your favorite local station app. Station apps offer lots of super hyper-local information that NewsON just doesn’t have time or room for. But what NewsON DOES have is a way for you to watch local news outside of your hometown. Instead of downloading separate apps for local stations all across the country, you have a one-stop-shop for local news all in one easy location.
Secondly, we do this really cool thing called alerting. When there is breaking news happening in one of our market areas, we can send you a direct alert to your phone and you can watch local coverage of that event broadcast by the local station in that city. Who else knows Phoenix, AZ or Atlanta, GA or even Fargo, ND better than the local news stations that cover news in that city every single day? This is local news you wouldn’t have access to unless you just happened to have a Baltimore news app downloaded even though you live in Seattle.
Lastly, we make it possible for you to go back and watch this news on a bigger screen than just your phone. With our Roku channel you can watch any of our 142 stations on your home TV. You can even go back and watch past broadcasts for up to 48 hours previously if you missed it.
So don’t un-install your local station app; keep it. Then go download NewsON. You won’t regret it.
-Alison Menhart, NewsON Intern
If you have a question about NewsON, feel free to email email@example.com for a chance to have your question answered in an Ask Alison post.