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June 14th, 2009
09:01 AM ET

Adam, the Intern's First Weekend in the CNN Newsroom

From Adam Dolgoff, a Senior at University of Florida at Gainesville:

My first weekend interning with the CNN weekend morning show started off with waking up on Friday at 4:00 A.M. for the first time ever. As I arrived on the 5th floor at CNN, I was introduced to many new people including the anchors: Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes. The topics of the show included the 25th anniversary of Tetris, the America I Am exhibit in the civic center which I assisted with the field production of, Ahmadinejad's victory, and a nasty thunderstorm which ripped through Memphis, Tennessee.

Then, I met the director of the show, the technical director, the fonts and stills operators, line producers, etc., in the master control room. I sat and observed the Executive Producer, Tenisha Abernathy, and learned the router system she uses to communicate with everyone. I also watched her modify the rundown of the show using a computer program called "iNews." After about two hours I went down and observed the Associate Producer, Hannah, use iNews again to help coordinate the show.

Towards the end of the show I moved into the area in front of the newsroom where the camera operator and prompter work and observed them for the rest of the show. On Saturday, I basically did the same thing but the show was primarily on Ahmadinejad claiming his re-election in Iran.

Overall, my first week interning at CNN was very exciting and I really can't believe how much I learned.

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  1. Kris

    Welcome to the morning shift Adam!

    I consider 4 A.M. sleeping in! I'm one of the morning producers over at the NBC Station in Sacramento. My shift starts at 2 AM. There's no traffic on my morning commute and I get to go home by around Noon. Many parents on this AM shift like the idea of going home early in the day in order to be with their kids.

    June 14, 2009 at 9:45 am |

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