Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Robert Perry

The take away. I learned the “ins and outs” of sports broadcasting as an intern at Channel 12 News FOX Providence. I worked with the Boston Celtics during their playoff run to the NBA Finals, the PGA Tour event “CVS Caremark Classic,” and the New England Patriots training camps.

Nuts and bolts. I interned eight-hour shifts, two days a week from 3 to 11 p.m., while also having a day job as a sports camp counselor for children ages 6 to 13. I learned how to edit film, use Avid program system, research methods, shoot live shots with the camera, and writing for broadcast.  There were all things I was not familiar with prior to my internship.

Final score. This internship has exposed me to what it takes to make quality television and what it mean be a professional while also being a fan. My experiences have inspired me to further pursue a career in sportscasting which now has become a passion of mine.

Rookie season. This was my first experience with broadcasting outside of Wheaton. I have done work with the college’s sports information office, the Norton cable channel, and Wheaton Radio WCCS.

Career pursuit. I definitely want to pursue a career the field of broadcast journalism. I am a sports fan and in this field you must be a fan just as much as a professional; the two go hand-in-hand. It’s that adage, ‘If you pick a job you love, you will never work a day in your life.’ I feel my love for sports would make this career path a pleasure as opposed to being work.

Major connection. I am a history major.  Many people have asked me why I chose to study history if I intended to pursue a career in communications. History, like the news, is about passing on  a story based on research, factual analysis and interpretation. History is simply just a form of communication.