All Hands on Deck at NBC4

By Dean’s Intern Sophia Solano at NBC4

Sophia SolanoThis summer, I’ve had the privilege of interning with the NBC4 Washington digital team. I’ve wanted to be a reporter for as long as I can remember, but this internship has shown me just how many other important, fast-paced, and fun jobs there are all across the newsroom — and on the digital team, I got to do a bit of everything.

On any given day, I’ll sit down at my desk and watch the hours fly by as I pitch and report original stories about the unique going-ons in our flourishing city. As soon as the afternoon news shows start airing, it’s all hands on deck; whether its clipping news stories into videos to put on the website, recording breaking news, or rewriting reporter’s stories to flow in a digital format, knowing I’m contributing essential information to the DMV community is always gratifying.

When they’re able to step away from the hustle and bustle of the TV newsroom, the staff is kind enough to spend time talking with us interns about their careers. I’ve gotten to know some of the most incredible people, including producers, reporters, and members of the investigative team. They’ve shown me that each role is essential to a functioning newsroom — and just how important and fulfilling these roles can be. It’s so exciting to see all the different paths open to young reporters.

Though my time at News4 is nearing its end, the skills and relationships I’ve developed this summer have been essential to my growth as a journalist. I’ve learned that local news is critical to build an informed and connected community, and I’m eager to continue my career in local journalism!