Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Journalism and Broadcasting

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The job market today in the broadcasting industry is highly competitive. Students with degrees and field experience may still be left jobless. It is believed throughout the industry that an internship is mandatory to get into the business. I agree. But, some students who are doing internships and finishing college are not getting jobs. This means students are reevaluating their life decisions and transferring to non-related fields to move on in life. In my research, I examined the journals of 37 Western Kentucky University interning during the summer of 2006. I evaluated their experiences based on the journal they turned in to receive credit for the internship. I also examined the data regarding the broadcasting graduates of 2007 and how many of them have jobs when they graduate. I inspected how stations put their interns to use and where students in broadcasting can improve to succeed in their chosen field. Internships are a valuable experience. They allow students to put their best foot forward, thus benefiting the station and the student.


Broadcast and Video Studies