Journalism Major Gains Broadcast Experience at DC-Based Radio Station


Savannah Simons WTOPHIGH POINT, N.C., July 24, 2013 – Savannah Simons, rising senior at High Point University and native of Potomac, Md., is gaining radio broadcast experience this summer as a news intern at WTOP, an all-news radio station in Washington, D.C.

As news intern at D.C.’s top news, weather and traffic radio station, Simons is getting professional experiences – including Savannah Sexperiencing the debut of a 6-month-old sloth bear cub at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. She is also conducting phone interviews; assisting reporters, editors and writers; writing broadcast copy; recording and editing audio; and even conducting “man-on-street” interviews.

Simons, a communication major with a focus in journalism and a minor in political science, says her coursework at HPU has given her the resources and capability to maintain the expectations of WTOP.

“The various courses I have taken, such as copy editing and video production, have enabled me to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to the assignments I am given in the newsroom,” says Simons.

Simons says her experiences at WTOP are preparing her for a career in broadcast journalism.

“This is a very hands-on internship that expects assignments to be completed by tight deadlines,” says Simons. “I am working directly with reporters, editing pieces for on-air programming, interacting with people on the street to record their views and opinions, as well as utilizing the current tools and equipment used in newsrooms daily.”

Be Sociable, Share!


      11.08 - 8:30am

      Fall Open House
      11.22 - 8:30am

      Fall Open House
    View the Full Calendar

    University News

    Psychology, HPU, Relationship Research, Sadie Leder
    Professor Authors Chapter in New Book for Aspiring Psychology Professors
    read more
    Sharon Love
    HPU to Host Mother of Slain UVA Student for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    read more
    Junior Michelle Palombi informs buyers about products at Designmaster Furniture during the fall High Point Market.
    Industry Exposé: Students Work at High Point Market
    read more
    View All
    Connect with us
    On the Social page, you can view all of High Point University’s social media feeds, connect to specific majors and schools on Facebook, and get the latest updates about what’s happening on campus.