Olivet multimedia communication majors land internships in major markets

Goldene Brown in New York City. Alyssa Franklin in Chicago.

Olivet Nazarene University seniors Alyssa Franklin and Goldene Brown have new experience to add to their résumés. 

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As summer 2018 began, Alyssa Franklin — a multimedia communication major — was searching for a television news internship in Chicago. When the fall semester began and she still hadn’t received any responses, she began to worry. She says, “I prayed and asked God to allow a response only from the internship that was right for me."

She felt the pressure and was well aware that time was running out. Then, the hoped-for email came. It was the internship that stood out above all the others for her.  

“My internship with ‘The Jam’ at WCIU in Chicago is a perfect fit for me,” she says. “I grew up watching this show! It's fresh, fun, Chicago-style TV.”

Alyssa is enjoying the opportunities she has to write, meet celebrity guests, assist producers, receive coaching from anchors and reporters, and make professional connections. 

“Recently, the executive producer asked me to produce a segment for the show,” she says. “This is an opportunity I feel I would not have had if I had gone to any other TV station in Chicago's large market.” 

Alyssa is grateful for all she has learned about her chosen career field. “I’ve also learned more about trusting God,” she says. “He will always show up and open the right doors we are meant to walk through.”

Goldene Brown — a multimedia communication major — is completing her study abroad experience at The King’s College in New York City as the fall 2018 semester draws to a close. As part of her studies, she has immersed herself in the fast-paced world of professional journalism. 

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An editorial intern at the New York Daily News, she is working at the breaking news desk; writing two or three stories daily based on local, national and international news; editing stories from other journalists; researching; conducting interviews; and assisting with video production.

Being a Christian in the secular media world is not the easiest assignment. She says, “I'm constantly reassured that as a Christian and a journalist, it is my job to be a truth-teller.”


To learn more about areas of study in Olivet’s Department of Communication, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.


Published: 12/6/2018