Kristen Boxman, a senior journalism major, recently experienced firsthand why they call it March Madness. As a producer at KWCH, Boxman worked the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, covering the eight teams that played at INTRUST Bank Arena as well as following WSU’s journey in San Diego and Kansas State University’s Elite Eight run in Charlotte. She also got to cover the University of Kansas’ road to the Final Four.
“The past few weeks have been exhausting, but rewarding nonetheless,” she said. “Working at KWCH during the tournament has been the most unique experience ever and it was all possible because I started as a newsroom intern, a position I received through the Career Development Center.”
Throughout her time as an intern, Boxman assisted producers, pitching story ideas and editing videos. She also wrote web stories and posted content and game updates to Catch it Kansas’ social media pages.
“Once I completed my internship and transitioned into my producer role, I required minimal training because I had already done it all as an intern,” Boxman stated.
She advises those interested in journalism and news to find an internship or job shadow. “This is a field that you cannot learn about from a textbook alone. You just have to get out there and start doing it.”