Monday, July 13, 2009

Interns & Staffers Visit FOX News

Several interns and staff members of the Women & Politics Institute visited FOX News with Assistant Director of the Institute, Julia Piscitelli, who is a veteran political commentator on the cable news program.

During their individual "field trips" to FOX, the lucky interns and staff members are given 5-star treatment and learn how to effectively communicate on-air and conduct themselves in the political communication realm, which is overwhelmingly dominated by men.

"This is the number one cable news network in the country, and it’s crucial that young women in particular see the other side of the news and how it's made," said Piscitelli on the importance of taking the staff to FOX.

"The most interesting part about my FOX News experience was not only meeting some of the famous syndicates at the DC headquarters, but also seeing how remote news preparation is coordinated between anchors in different cities,” said WPI staff member Kate Tullgren about her visit. “It's incredible to see how quickly a fast paced news room can create on the spot news accurately and make it seem effortless."

“The entire process is exciting,” said April Saylor about her visit. “Being in the green room during a taping really gave me insight as to how TV journalism works behind the scenes. As a public communication major, this was a really valuable experience.”

The interns and staffers will continue their “communication education” by conducting on-camera interviews and critiques at an upcoming meeting with a media training specialist in a few weeks.