Friday, December 08, 2006

Learning the radio ropes in D.C.

A Sig Ep from Sacramento State got a chance to intern in Washington last summer. He had no trouble keeping busy.
Justin Knighten gets a last-minute call returned from an e-mail sent a month earlier. It's the day before the Fourth of July and the woman on the other end of the telephone is organizing a major event in Washington, D.C.

She tells him that he has already missed a chance to interview many of the big names - but Stevie Wonder is singing as they speak.
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The Sacramento State senior communication studies major listened to two songs during the rehearsal once he arrived, and then he got to ask questions.

"It was one of those moments that I'll never forget," Knighten said.

Spur of the moment reporting and quick decision making by Knighten were integral to his internship provided through the The Washington Center.

It provided him with the chance to interview celebrities and politicians for more than 600 national affiliates during the summer of 2006.
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Knighten currently works on the website for the Environmental Protection Agency in downtown Sacramento. He is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, is involved with the Public Relations Student Society Association of America, spent some time working with the Environmental Student Organization and was once the vice president of College Democrats.

The Washington Center, in its 31st year, serves as a gatekeeper to many internship programs in the Washington, D.C. area.
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Eight stories produced by Knighten can be downloaded at the College Media News website. The one- to two- minute clips cover topics on deaf culture and a documentary on reforming drug laws, among others.
Learning the radio ropes in D.C.