It’s almost summer, and a new batch of interns will soon be knocking down the newsroom door. 

What, oh, what to do with them?

Interns should learn how to write, record and edit audio, develop a story idea and execute it. Get them going with cut-and-copy, then wraps, then superspots. What works well: treat interns like professional reporters. Logging tape is busy work, don't make interns do it unless it will really contribute to a story for air. Make sure interns have work to show for when they finish their internship. Tell your colleagues about the good ones so they get jobs in public media.

Hear that and much more from George Bodarky — News and Public Affairs Director in WFUV's student-filled newsroom, Doug Mitchell — Next Generation Radio Founder and NPR Talent Developer, and Ann Marie Awad — Morning Edition Maven at WRKF and not-so-long-ago intern at WHYY.

Download George's slides

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Download Doug's slides

This summer, I had the opportunity to meet one of the lions of our industry, a revered pioneer of our craft who has, in recent years, taken his treasure chest of knowledge, experiences and talents to academia.  Each year, his students emerge with a solid set of employable skills and a strong sense of journalistic integrity.  

Within minutes of meeting him, I mentioned one of his students had applied for an internship at our station and I had been impressed with her.  Unfortunately, I told him, she had taken advantage of another opportunity.