Sep 21, 2010

From the desk

by Melinda Zosh

 

When I was a little girl, I used to hide behind my mother when we went out in public. She could find something in common with strangers anywhere and anytime. I was too shy to talk, but I learned to listen carefully — a skill that has helped me as a journalist.

That little girl has transformed into an outgoing, confident young woman, and I owe that to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

He has guided me every step of the way. The summer after my freshman year of college, I interned at Accuracy in Media, a nonprofit watchdog group in Washington, D.C. I prayed for months that the Lord would allow me to find a paid internship. My mom is single, and she was unemployed at the time.

The Lord provided for my finances, but He also provided for my emotional well-being. I did not know anyone in Washington, D.C., when I first moved there, but by the end of the summer, I had made friends from all over the country. I even had the chance to share my testimony with some of them.

Then, the Lord blessed me again during the summer of 2009. I completed the Institute of Political Journalism, a two-month program which included taking classes at Georgetown University in addition to a full-time internship. Working at WTOP radio’s sister station, Federal News Radio, gave me an insight into covering politics and policies. I was awarded a scholarship to participate in the program.

Since then, I have prayed that God would allow me to find internships at TV stations.  I interned at ABC-13 in Lynchburg, this spring. That internship allowed me to pursue another internship in Binghamton, N.Y., located several miles from my hometown. I produced my own packages this summer. I never could have imagined that I would actually have the chance to report on TV, but all things are possible with Christ.

Now, I am interning at the CBS affiliate, WDBJ7, in Roanoke and Lynchburg. Most people say that you must be rich to succeed at an entry-level journalism job. By earthly standards, I am not rich, but I have everything I need because I trust in Him.  

I want you to have some of the same opportunities that I have had. If you are a freshman, start thinking about where you want to intern next summer. It is never too early to start thinking of your future career.

After graduation, I hope to report for a local TV affiliate. One day, I hope to work for a national affiliate such as ABC or NBC. I want to cover politics in Washington, D.C., and eventually travel the world and report on human-interest stories in Africa and Asia.

The Lord had a plan for me before I was born. He knew that a shy little girl would transform into a fearless journalist, and I am ready to finish the journey that I have started. 

Maybe I will even report for ABC’s Evening News one day, and maybe I will interview you when you are a U.S. Senator or even President of the United States. Start planning early, and ask God to lead the way.


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