Honors student Manali Chavan explores journalism through internship

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November 4, 2014

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Manali Chavan

Manali Chavan, a freshman business management major and student in Barrett Honors College is considering a double major in journalism and has taken an internship that will give her a taste of what being a reporter is all about.

She says being an honors student helped her get the internship with the Times Media Group, which produces 11 publications in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

“If it wasn’t for Barrett, I wouldn’t have been given the opportunity to intern with Times Media Group. I’m currently a business management major so doing an editorial internship through W.P. Carey would not have been possible. Being a part of Barrett gave me the chance to explore a career field that I wasn’t even majoring in,” she said.

Chavan did her own legwork to find the internship. She met her current supervisor last summer, researched how to intern for course credit, met with Barrett’s internship and research coordinator Sarah Hipolito to discuss her options, and registered for HON 484.

“I didn't obtain my internship through the typical process so it wasn't as competitive. However over the summer I had contacted more than 10 publications before one agreed to meet with me. Establishing a relationship early on with my supervisor made it easier for me to obtain an internship.” She said.

As an intern, Chavan interviews sources, writes stories, assists with copy editing and formatting stories, and checking ads for accuracy. She has done stories on TASTE, Chandler's Culinary Food Festival, fundraising events for San Tan Junior High School’s cheerleading team, and the Chandler Center for the Art's "Permission to Play" Quilt Art exhibition. All of these articles were published in the San Tan Sun News.

“I hope to pursue a career in journalism after graduation and wanted to get a feel for the journalism industry here in Arizona. My favorite part about working for Times Media Group is the array of publications I get the chance to work with, they each have their own style and offer something different,” she said.

She also has gotten a feel for how newsrooms function and the work that goes into producing a publication.

“I’ve learned that as a journalist you need to be able to manage more than one task at a time,” she said.

“I feel it has been very important to my growth and understanding of the career I wish to enter. Getting experience from the work environment gives me a perspective that learning from a classroom would never be able to. I think it has better equipped me to take on the rest of my years here at Barrett and take on my career post-graduation.”

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