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How can getting involved with student media provide advantages for students?

Posted Sep. 19, 2010

By Britney Beaman

Getting involved in Kent State University’s student media can help students gain experience that gets them ahead and build friendships that last.

“My class work isn’t what made me know what to do at my internship.  TV2 did,” said Sierra Guterba, a senior broadcast journalism major and the executive producer for TV2.  TV2 is the student run news station on campus and in Portage County.

“There are different situations that arrive only with experience.  I am happy that it happened as a student, so that as a professional I can handle it,” said Kelly Petryszyn, a senior magazine journalism major and editor of The Burr at Kent State.  The Burr is a student run general interest magazine. She also has experience with the Daily Kent Stater, the campus’s newspaper, and UHURU, the student minority magazine.

Both Guterba and Petryszyn landed internships because of their out-of-class involvement.

Petryszyn walked into Lake Erie Living magazine and asked for a job.  Her experience from the Daily Kent Stater and UHURU was listed on her resume and she brought her articles with her.

“Without the student media, I wouldn’t have had the clips to show them and they wouldn’t have known what I was capable of,” she said.  She landed the internship and stressed how the publisher at the magazine showed much interest in her experience.

Guterba interned with WKYC in Cleveland.  She said that interns from other schools didn’t have the student media opportunities that she did and were not as prepared for the job.

The networks created in student media could increase a student’s chance of success.

“I gained a step forward in networking, and got a head start with my profession,” said Amanda Vasil, a public relations graduate from Kent State and past Public Relations Student Society of America president.  She said a friend she made in PRSSA helped her get an internship at AKHIA, a public relations and marketing agency.  This internship led to he full-time job that she still has there.

Students benefit from friendships they build in student media, too.

You’re always with the same people ... you have people to count on and understand because they’re going through the same thing,” Guterba said.

Vasil even met one of her bridesmaids in PRSSA.

According to Michelle Ewing, the PRSSA advisor, students who don’t get involved are “cheating themselves by missing opportunities outside the classroom like meeting friends ... and gaining edge in their chosen fields.”