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Newsroom Internships Go to Two COM Students

Shannon Camp (COM’09) and Denise Wong (COM’08) given WCVB-TV newsroom internships in honor of COM’s James Thistle and Natalie Jacobson

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Shannon Camp (COM’09) (left) received WCVB-TV’s 2008 Jim Thistle Internship. Denise Wong (COM’08) received WCVB-TV’s 2008 Natalie Jacobson Internship.

Two College of Communication students planning to pursue newsroom careers have been given a leg up in achieving their goals with internships this summer at WCVB-TV. Denise Wong (COM’08) has received the station’s 2008 Natalie Jacobson Internship and Shannon Camp (COM’09) the Jim Thistle Internship.

The internships, established last summer by WCVB-TV/DT and its parent company, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., pay tribute to anchor and reporter Natalie Jacobson and former WCVB news director James Thistle, a COM professor of journalism and director of the Broadcast Journalism Program.

The Jacobson award, honoring Jacobson as Boston’s first female evening news broadcast anchor, is given to a student pursuing on-air reporting. After seven years as a news producer, Wong enrolled in COM’s graduate Broadcast Journalism Program because she wanted to go in front of the scenes to meet people, tell stories, and report the news. “Everyone says you can learn on the job, but I want to be really good,” Wong says. “This will help me become the reporter that I want to be.”

The Thistle internship is awarded to a student pursuing production and news management — which is why Camp, an undergraduate broadcast major, applied. “All the other internships stationed around here are very general — this one was specifically for producing, and that’s what I want to do,” she says. “I’m getting thrown into it, and I think that’s the best way to learn.”

Rebecca McNamara can be reached at ramc@bu.edu.

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