WCAX-TV internship gives Norwich student journalist new perspective on media

Patrina Krewson developed an affinity for journalism at Norwich University, having worked as a copy editor, web editor and reporter for the student newspaper, the Guidon. This past spring, before graduating with the Class of 2020, Krewson explored broadcast journalism in an internship with WCAX-TV, Channel 3’s news department.

She called the experience “incredibly eye-opening.”

Krewson got to try a little of everything at WCAX, central Vermont’s CBS television affiliate. She told her supervisor, News Director Darren Perron, “I want to experience it all.” So, he threw her in with an anchor, a reporter and a producer. She saw their approach to their jobs and went with them into the booth to see how each show is run live.

“I learned that sometimes to get the story, you have to literally chase it down with a camera.” Patrina Krewson, Norwich Class of 2020

“(I learned) what buttons to press for whom,” she said, “and how the communications need to be flawless for each show to work.”

Krewson said her favorite thing was going out on assignment to see stories from both sides of the camera — the photojournalist’s behind and the reporter’s in front. She joined a reporting crew in Montpelier to see how it covered a bill vote in the state Legislature.

“I learned that sometimes to get the story, you have to literally chase it down with a camera,” Krewson said. “The (WCAX journalists) provided me with stories about why they loved the job, and what made it difficult. Interning with WCAX answered a lot of my questions I didn’t know I had.”

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Patrina Krewson ’20

Krewson said her WCAX internship enhanced her understanding of how the modern news media function and the obstacles they face.

“I now know what I’m defending when the news media is attacked during this time in our country’s history.” she said, 

Internships are a time of exploration, Norwich University Career and Internship Center Associate Director Meghan Oliver said, and sometimes students find the career they’d desired and pursued is different in practice than in theory.

“Internships are a great way to experience a career path to see if it will be a good fit,” Oliver said. “Oftentimes, students find that the real work application of their career trajectory is not what they thought it would be. And that’s valuable, too.”

Krewson says her internship taught her that television wasn’t the journalism she preferred. So, she’s considering more schooling, perhaps law school, but said some kind of journalism will remain in her life.

“In my free time I will continue to make videos and take photographs,” she said, “and possibly write articles.”

Jim Graves is the assistant director and internship coordinator at Norwich University’s Career and Internship Center.

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