Gramblinite reporter secures career during internship

“A career is something that you LOVE to do that just so happens to pay the bills. A job is something that you HAVE to do to pay the bills.” This summer GSU student Jerome Hubbard took a big step in securing a career rather than a job when he took on three internships. His internship odyssey began in South Bend, Ind., where he interned with the South Bend Tribune and the College Football Hall of Fame.

During his time at the South Bend Tribune, Hubbard was a multimedia reporter for the newspaper’s Web site, www.southbendtribune.com. For those who are not knowledgeable about what multimedia convergence is, it can be defined as a new form of media that combines print journalism and broadcast journalism together to add another dimension to a particular Web site on the Internet.

For six weeks, he produced packages for the Web that ranged from city council meetings to local sports teams. The packages were less than two minutes and complemented a story that had been published in the newspaper.

While working with the College Football Hall of Fame, Hubbard had the opportunity to work in the Community Relations Department and served on the planning committee for the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2007 Enshrinement ceremony.

According to Hubbard, his job was to give tours to fans who visited the Hall of Fame, and deal with the media who came to the 2007 Enshrinement parade, ribs cook-off, and celebrity softball game. He also set up media interviews with Hall of Fame inductees and staff.

The last internship Hubbard did this summer was with the World Champions of the NFL Indianapolis Colts. He worked in the Public Relations Department that dealt with the media, players and the community. Most of the time when one thinks of such an internship, they tend to think that all a person did was retrieve paper and get coffee. But in Hubbard’s case, that was not true.

Throughout his internship with the Colts, Hubbard interacted with Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison and many other players one can think of when it came to interviews, autographs with fans and NFL meetings that go on throughout the day. “I had to get clips about the team form different web site, transcribe quotes and check players in for lunch”, said Hubbard.

Hubbard said, “Overall, I achieved a lot.”

Weather it was through networking with different people or through the vast amount of experience that he gained working on various assignments, Hubbard feels that he separated himself in ways one can only imagine.

“Now I feel that I am one step closer to establishing me, Jerome Hubbard, as one of the best to ever do it.