Graduate Student Nicole Martin is an Intern at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Meet Nicole Martin
Internship: Features and magazine/copy desk intern, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Degree pursuing at Point Park: M.A. in journalism and mass communication, August 2014
Undergraduate degree: B.A. in print journalism with a minor in sociology, Penn State University, May 2013
Hometown: Portersville, Pa.
High School: Slippery Rock High School
Why did you choose Point Park for graduate school?
I chose Point Park because I wanted to be in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. The campus is a great location for so many opportunities. I also chose Point Park because the M.A. in journalism and mass communication program has a great reputation.
How is your graduate education helping you to reach your career goals?
Point Park was extremely helpful in assisting me in getting this great internship at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The faculty and staff are very invested in their students. I've learned a lot about InDesign in Professor Tatyana Dumova's class, and that has been a great help at my internship.
How is Point Park's M.A. program a good fit for you?
It's a great fit because it is very customized to what I want to do. In the future, I would like to work in the magazine and online journalism business and become a professor. The M.A. in journalism and mass communication program offers several courses applying to digital journalism and social media that have been really informative and such a positive learning experience.
What are your key responsibilities at this internship?
My key responsibilities at my internship are editing and writing. I have written a few pieces for "Pittsblogh," a staff blog at the Post-Gazette, including: "Nine celebrities you didn't know had Pittsburgh roots," and "10 Super Bowl commercials to look forward to this year." I'm also working on several print articles and learning more about copy editing and layout design.
What do you like most about your internship?
The greatest thing about my internship is the people I work with. Everyone is very helpful and friendly and willing to assist me with whatever I need. I am learning a lot by working with them, and I love being able to be hands on in the newsroom. They treat their interns like staff, and they have given me amazing opportunities to contribute and feel a part of the team.