WHIO-TV, NewsCenter 7 Internships

Published: Monday, April 05, 2004 @ 9:25 AM
Updated: Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 4:10 PM

Why an Internship?

When you graduate, the key to getting that first job in television is experience. So, how do you get it? Through a practical, hands-on internship program.

WHIO-TV/DT (Channel 7) is looking for a few exceptional interns - the next generation of America's journalists. At WHIO-TV you'll learn about the operations of one of America's most successful television stations, with newscasts that rank among the highest-rated in the country. You'll be exposed to jobs you never knew about. And you'll get that key ingredient to landing your first job out of school - experience!

Internship Requirements

1. You must be registered at a University, College, Community College or Vocational-Technical Institute.

2. You should have Junior, Senior or Graduate-program status, or be in the last year of a Community College or Vocational-Technical program. You must have a "B+" GPA equivalent or better.

3. You must be sponsored by a faculty advisor and/or internship coordinator. Written confirmation must be provided by your school confirming that credit will be earned for participation in the program. No compensation will be received from the station.

4. All internships require a minimum of 15 hours per week covering a period of 10-16 weeks, depending on the school's quarter or semester length.

5. While WHIO-TV considers the internship program format valuable in observing the student's attitude, talents, and skills, it is understood that no guarantees are given for future employment.

News Internship: Students will have many opportunities during this internship, including observing and participating on a limited basis in the operation of one of America's highest-rated television news departments. Internship candidates should have excellent communication skills. Students will learn the art of producing. This will include researching, learning about the decision-making process for stories, where story ideas originate, writing, timing and boothing a newscast. Students will also learn the process of news-gathering from a reporter's point-of-view. Interns will be allowed to accompany reporters on certain stories, will learn about asking the right questions when interviewing, and will learn what it takes to complete a story for broadcast. Must learn quickly and follow directions with minimal supervision.

Weather Internship: Learn what it takes to be a television meteorologist. Students will gain invaluable experience during this internship, including observing and participating in the daily activities in the Storm Center 7 weather department. This will include participating in researching and producing a complete weather forecast and creation of daily on-air weather graphics for Storm Center 7 and WHIO-TV's 24-hour weather channel 7 Weather Now. Preference will be given to candidates who are studying in the science/meteorology fields. Candidates should have excellent communication skills along the ability to learn quickly and follow directions. Website knowledge including basic wirting and posting skills are preferred.

Web Site Internship: Learn how a local television Web site works. Work with Web site producers in updating news content; writing copy, posting videos; creating links; determining story layout. You will also learn how to program the Web site, write news, community, sports, and promotions stories. Internship candidates should have excellent communication skills with emphasis on the written word, as well as accurate data entry and typing skills. Students must have working knowledge, familiarity and experience with researching information on the World Wide Web. Knowledge of HTML is required.

Photography/Editing Internship: This internship is designed for students interested in TV News photojournalism. Students will learn shooting techniques, journalism, equipment handling, and respect for the profession. Intern will accompany news photojournalists in the field and assist the photojournalists and editors in the editing room. Students must have sound judgment, quick-thinking abilities and an interest in current news stories. A basic knowledge of video photography and editing is required.

Sports Internship: This internship is aimed at students interested in a career in sports broadcasting, either as a producer or reporter. Intern will see how individual stories are researched, shot, written, and produced for TV sportscasts. Sports knowledge is essential. Website knowledge including basic writing and posting skills are preferred.

Assignment Desk Internship: Students will have many opportunities during this internship, including observing and participating on a limited basis in the operation of a major market television station. Internship candidates should have excellent communication skills. Students will learn how to work on the assignment desk—the heart of the newsroom. This will include researching, dispatching and monitoring news crews, communication with law enforcement agencies, learning about the decision-making process for stories and where story ideas originate. Students will also learn the process of news-gathering from the ground up and how the assignment desk plays a critical role from start to finish each day. Must learn quickly and follow directions with minimal supervision.

OBJECTIVE: WHIO-TV recognizes the need of the student for exposure to a real-life station environment as a supplement to their formal education. In most instances, broadcast hiring professionals now require participation in an internship program in lieu of previous experience.

General Guidelines I. No intern or candidate for internship shall be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status or any other basis which is prohibited by applicable Federal, State or City Law.

II. All internships are unpaid positions. In order to assure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act:

*The internship shall be for the benefit of the student. *The internship, even though it may include the actual operation of some station equipment, shall be similar to the training that would be given at an educational institution. *Interns shall not displace regular employees, but will work under their close supervision. *The intern must attend an orientation session at the beginning of the internship. *The station shall derive no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern, and on occasion may actually be impeded. *An intern shall not be entitled to employment with WHIO-TV at the conclusion of her/his internship period. An intern may, however, compete for employment openings at WHIO-TV at the conclusion of her/his internship period. *An intern should understand in advance that she/he will not be entitled to wages for the time spent in an internship.

III. An intern is not an employee and therefore is not covered by the station's employee benefit plan or worker's compensation insurance.

IV. The internship is intended as a learning experience. The duties of the intern shall be clearly spelled out by station officials.

V. Starting and ending dates shall be specified in advance for each internship. Internships are to last no longer than one quarter or one semester unless an extension is granted by the internship coordinator.

VI. WHIO-TV reserves the right to terminate any intern at any time for any cause.

VII. Students will only be offered an internship after WHIO-TV receives satisfactory results from a background check of your driving record, criminal record and credit history.

VIII. Each intern shall sign and submit to WHIO-TV at the start of the internship a letter of understanding of these guidelines.

IX. RELEASE OF LIABILITY. Prior to serving an internship, students must sign a release absolving Cox Enterprises, Cox Television, WHIO-TV/Channel 7, its divisions, subsidiaries and all personnel from liabilities relating to any loss, damage, or injury sustained during the course of his/her activities as an intern at WHIO-TV/Channel 7.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Students must take the following steps to apply for an internship:

I. Consult with your career counselor or student advisor.

II. Submit the following information:

A cover letter introducing yourself and outlining the time(s) you will be available for an interview, days/times you are available to intern, phone number where you can be reached. (Interns should be available a minimum two days per week)

A completed resume.

A one-page essay outlining personal interests and professional goals, and a statement of why you would like to be chosen for this internship.

A letter from your college/university stating that you will receive credit for the internship.

Download the Internship Application: Click Here

Send the above information, including verification that you will receive credit for this internship, to caryn.golden@whiotv.com or mail to: Caryn Golden Managing Editor WHIO-TV 1414 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, OH 45420

COMMITMENT TO INTERNS In an effort to maximize the effectiveness of the internship program, the station will offer internships that provide consistent, step-by-step exposure to some of the most important aspects of the television industry. Experience in these vital areas will help the intern to broaden his/her horizons and crystallize career goals while gaining a basic understanding of the station's operations.

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.