Success Stories

Fortis Hired by The Chronicle
By Suzanne Gamboa

Bianca Fortis graduated from the University of Central Florida in
2010. As a student, she worked as a News Editor at her campus paper and interned at Sport Diver Magazine and NBC. After graduating, she interned for the Hispanic Link News Service as part of the Scripps Howard Semester in Washington program. She has written for the Florida Independent, the Seminole Chronicle and Bianca is headed to Washington state this month. She was recently hired as a general assignments reporter by The Chronicle in Centralia.

NAHJ student member lands internship at WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 after networking at DC Chapter meeting

Elisa Santana
Medill School of Journalism 2011
President, NAHJ Student Chapter at Northwestern University

I spent part of my summer in Washington DC, exploring the nation’s capitol. One of the best choices I made was going to a NAHJ DC Chapter meeting organized by Brandon Benavides at WRC-TV/NBC 4.

I met Camille Edwards, Vice President of News at NBC 4. I spoke to her about the difficulties of interning while on the quarter system at Northwestern University.

Camille asked me to email her so we could discuss the topic more. Within a week of that conversation, a reporter from WMAQ-TV/ NBC 5 in Chicago emailed me about a potential internship. After moving back to Chicago for the new school year, I interviewed with NBC and learned that I would be interning with them this fall. I have always been grateful for NAHJ and the opportunities they offer.

I am thankful to Brandon, who set up this chance meeting and has always given one hundred percent to NAHJ. I am also very thankful to Camille for having faith in a rising journalist.

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