The Communications Alumni Group raised funds to award two CCNY journalism students paid summer internships. These opportunities provide valuable work experience for students who might otherwise miss out on hands-on training. Here’s how the two CAG interns, Demi Rodriguez and Christian Hernandez, spent their summers:
Demi Rodriguez, general assignment intern, WNYC
Demi graduated with an English major, Journalism minor, class of 2016. A Bronx native, last year, she distinguished herself as a photographer and videographer. Thanks in large measure to her hard work and leadership on the series The Death and Life of Harlem, the project that received the College Media Association Apple Award for multimedia reporting.
At WNYC, Demi honed her writing and reporting skills. She interviewed New Yorkers in Times Square about the Zika virus, and then worked on a larger project — assisting an education reporter on a piece about New York City men of color who train to be teachers. Says Demi: “When I first started, I knew nothing about radio and was very nervous. But my nerves faded as I learned the ins and outs of broadcast writing and found my voice. I truly appreciated every assignment given to me.”
Christian Hernandez, reporter, Harlem Focus
Christian is the hard-working editor-in-chief of The Campus, online and in print. He is a strong writer and editor who provides calm, steady leadership to the staff of student reporters, editors, photographers and designers. Over the summer, Christian immersed himself into the Harlem community, reporting on local news and events, including reaction to the Orlando shootings and a popular Afro-Latino festival.
“By working with Harlem Focus, I was exposed to the impact that the community had on the lives of those in Harlem,” says Christian. “I gained a deeper insight into the lives of these everyday people and the stories they each held. They welcomed me into their community and trusted me with their thoughts, memories, and emotions.”
When the student government elections were recalled over the summer, he shifted his focus and wrote a number of pieces as the story unfolded. “I was instructed on how I could sharpen the skills I already had,” says Christian. “I was shown how to perform skills I had yet to learn: video editing, creating stories from social media, and marketing myself as a brand.”
This year, Christian continues to serve as The Campus editor.