Southeastern Channel student interning with “NBC Nightly News”

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Kaitlyn Morales
by: Tonya Lowentritt


SOUTHEASTERN STUDENT RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS INTERNSHIP- Southeastern Louisiana University student Kaitlyn Morales of Covington was selected from a pool of over 100 applicants for the "NBC Nightly News" summer internship at the network's Washington, D.C. bureau. The paid internship enables Morales to participate in the news story process starting with the concept and progressing through research to writing and editing in the network newsroom.

HAMMOND – A Southeastern Louisiana University student news reporter has been selected for a national internship with "NBC Nightly News."

Kaitlyn Morales of Covington, a reporter for the Southeastern Channel's award-winning student newscast "Northshore News," was selected from a pool of over 100 applicants for the "NBC Nightly News" summer internship at the network's Washington, D.C. bureau.

"Our internships provide excellent educational opportunities to learn the basics of reporting and production by observing and working with professionals at the NBC News Washington Bureau," said Sharon Spurrier, NBC News Washington Bureau internship coordinator.

As an intern, Morales works with network news correspondents in research and fact-checking story ideas, attending editorial planning meetings, and setting up interviews. She also field produces shoots and interviews, assists in editing NBC news reports for broadcast and online, and contributes to print versions of reports posted on

"Being selected for this internship is such an honor and a dream-come-true for me that I would not have been able to achieve if it weren't for Southeastern. Interning at 'Nightly News' has been an aspiration of mine for a long time," Morales said. "The network's coverage of Hurricane Katrina is what first sparked my interest in journalism. I truly believe I would not be at NBC without the instruction and training I gained at the Southeastern Channel. My work with 'Northshore News' has taught me all aspects of broadcast journalism, and it has given me real-world experience with skills that I am currently using."

As a reporter for "Northshore News," the junior has already received honorable mention Emmy recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Region in the "Writing" category for her story on "Causeway Safety." For the same story she won a second-place Mark of Excellence Award for "Television General News Reporting" given by the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 12 made up of all universities from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

"It's rare for a college student to receive such a prestigious national network internship as a sophomore, and it shows that Kaitlyn has a terrific future as a television news journalist," said Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel. "Her award-winning reporting, producing and videography work for 'Northshore News' is outstanding, and NBC has rightly singled out her talents from a most competitive field of television students from throughout the country."


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