Southeast Missouri State University student Brittany Tedder of Imperial, Mo., is interning at KMOX Newsradio 1120, a CBS radio station in St. Louis, Mo.
KMOX broadcasts in 44 states and throughout much of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Brittany is employed by the station as a convergence journalism intern. She writes and posts stories on the KMOX website and follows reporters when they cover a story.
“I’ve met some very interesting, smart and fantastic reporters at KMOX,” Brittany says. “I love it there. The people are kind and always willing to help me. I think this internship will open a lot of doors for me. Not only have I gained more experience, but KMOX is a popular and respected news station.”
Brittany applied for the internship because she is majoring in mass communication with a journalism option, and she said she thought interning at a news radio station would help her prepare for her future career.
“I love writing and being creative,” she says. “Journalism is an exciting field because you get to write a different story every day.”
Although Brittany loves writing, she did not enter Southeast with journalism aspirations. She began her freshman year majoring in musical theatre, but by her sophomore year, she decided a major in journalism would offer a more promising career. She decided to major in journalism and make theatre her minor.
“Acting is still my passion,” Brittany says. “I will never give it up. You’re allowed to transform into someone else and let go of who you are for a while.”
Brittany says her professors have been very supportive of her and are willing to help her become the best journalist she can be. She says Dr. Tamara Buck is one professor who stands out because she helped her prepare for her KMOX interview.
Along with her experiences in the classroom, Brittany’s favorite memories at Southeast include being in the chorus of “Sweet Charity” and getting her internship. She also is fond of memories she made while being a part of University Players, a theatre group on campus, and says she met many friends there. After being involved with University Players, Brittany decided to start writing for The Arrow, Southeast’s student newspaper. She says her experience writing for The Arrow has helped her improve her writing.
“The editors have really helped me with improving my writing,” she says. “When it comes to writing, like any other form of art, there’s always room for improvement.”
When Brittany is off campus, she enjoys acting, running, singing, being with her friends, visiting the riverfront and enjoying the festivities in downtown Cape Girardeau.
After graduating in December 2012, Brittany plans to move to St. Louis and gain more experience as a journalist. After she works in St. Louis for a few years, she says she hopes she can move to New York to write for a magazine such as “Vanity Fair” or “Vogue.”
“New York is where I always wanted to end up, and when I move there, I can say I’ve made it,” she says.
Brittany advises future Southeast students to “enjoy every minute of this terrifying, wonderful, life-changing, happy, stressful, self-defining and learning experience because there is no other reality quite like this one. Once it’s over, it’s over.”