School of Communication

Transfer Student Gains Writing, Editing Experience During Internship at Tribune-Review

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Pictured is School of Communication student Phillip Poupore at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Photo | Victoria A. Mikula

Meet Phillip Poupore

Internship: Copy editor, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
MajorJournalism
Minor: Broadcast reporting
Expected graduation: Fall 2016
Hometown: Evans City, Pa. 
High school: Seneca Valley High School
College activitiesThe Globe, Broadcast Education Association, Student Production Services, U-View and WPPJ
Hobbies/interests: Golf, dek hockey, movies, concerts, exploring Pittsburgh and long walks on the beach with my girlfriend

Tell us how you landed your internship at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review?

One of my professors, Andrew Conte, is a reporter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He sent an email to students in his class about the internship opportunity and it was definitely something I was interested in. I applied and landed the position.

"...Take the time to visit U-View and The Globe. The students involved are so welcoming, and more importantly, from the first day you arrive you can immediately start using equipment, report on air or write articles for the student paper." 

-- Phillip Poupore



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What was a typical day like at the Trib?

My shift started at 5 p.m. and ended at 12:30 a.m., so it took some time for me to adjust to the schedule. My responsibilities included reading, editing and writing headlines for 10-20 stories each night. After all of the stories were rimmed and set on the page the layout editor would print it for one final proof. After I looked over the page, I would give it to the editor and they would make my corrections and send the paper to the printer.

What are some of the most important things you learned at this internship?

The most important thing I learned is how crucial editing is. It taught me to always leave enough time to go back and look over my work, whatever it may be. I also learned how to structure a story (news or features) and refine my grammar skills.

Why did you decide to transfer to Point Park?

I attended a community college for three years and decided that I wanted a more diverse and cultural experience. While researching my options, I came across Point Park. One of the first things that interested me was the location in Downtown Pittsburgh. I knew if I transferred to Point Park that I would have so many opportunities. My mom even told me from the start that Point Park was the best choice. If there's one thing I've learned it's that mom knows best! 

What are your career goals?

I want to be a storyteller. I have always loved telling and listening to stories and that's why I love journalism. In every report there is a real story, so my goal is to meet people with enriching stories others never would have known and share them. I would like to work for a national newspaper and travel the world meeting all kinds of people.

Is there anything else you would like to add? 

For those interested in broadcasting or reporting please take the time to visit U-View and The Globe. The students involved are so welcoming, and more importantly, from the first day you arrive you can immediately start using equipment, report on air or write articles for the student paper. These experiences gave me the extra confidence to apply for this internship and I'm so glad I did. 

Photo by Victoria A. Mikula, junior mass communication major

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