Alcorn student Toneisha Buxton completes internship at WDAM-TV
Alcorn State University senior and mass communications student Toneisha Buxton spent her summer perfecting her journalism skills in a professional setting.
Buxton recently completed an internship at WDAM-TV, a television station in Hattiesburg, Mississippi responsible for sharing news with those living in the Pine Belt in Mississippi. Buxton praised the reporters at the station for their hospitality and introducing her to the nuances of being a broadcast journalist.
“My experience was outstanding,” said Buxton, a Vossburg, Mississippi native. “The station’s employees were very helpful throughout the entire internship. I learned that in the field of broadcast journalism, one must be outgoing and very self-motivated. The hands-on experience gave me real life experiences of how the field will be.”
Buxton explained how eager she is to apply the lessons she learned during her internship to her studies at Alcorn.
“I plan to apply the skills I’ve learned in my every day life when I return to Alcorn. From vocabulary expansion to daily decision making, I’ve grown tremendously.”
Although Buxton learned new skills at the station, she entered her internship with plenty of journalism skills. She credits her mass communications professors for equipping her with enough knowledge to be a successful journalist.
“I give all respect to Alcorn’s Department of Mass Communications because I was fully prepared to be in a professional journalism setting. The classes I’ve taken were really helpful. I was knowledgeable of most of the equipment used at the station and my writing skills were up to par.”
After she graduates in 2016, Buxton plans to pursue her master’s degree in either mass communications or communicative disorders.