The Quad Summer Internship Series
Megan O'Brien, Cape Cod Baseball League
Cape Cod, massachusetts
What’s a typical day for you like?
Position: Warham Gatemen Field Reporter
School: Northwestern University
how did you get the internship?
My dream job is to be an on-air sports reporter. At Northwestern, I am very involved in the student organizations responsible for reporting Northwestern’s athletic news. Many of the people I work with at school worked in Cape Cod last year as broadcasters for the radio. For me, that sounded appealing, but I really wanted to find an on camera position. I looked into Wareham’s team because they have a partnership with the local television station (WCTV). I put together a small reel and reached out to the GM, and I was informed that I got the internship around Thanksgiving.
I live with a host family. The GM of our team, Tom Gay, and his wife Sheri, are hosting me for the summer. Typically I wake up and catch up with Sheri over breakfast, then I will do some prep, trying to find story lines to report on for the team. On Mondays I meet up with the TV producer Warren and we do an in-studio interview with our team manager Cooper Farris. The interview airs on our weekly tv show “Around the Horn”. The show airs Tuesday nights at 6pm on WCTV. After the interview with Coop, we try to film a segment. The players do a lot of community outreach, so we will follow them around to the Boys and Girls clubs or to the library where they read to kids. The baseball games are all around the Cape and usually at 7pm. I arrive 2 hours early to do some prep and set up as well as do pregame interviews. When the game starts, it is my responsibility to do in-game updates on camera. I do updates during the pregame, after the 2nd inning, after the 6th inning, and after the 8th inning. Our other broadcaster is out of town, so I have had the opportunity to call play-by-play with my partner Mike Monaco from Notre Dame. After the game, I do live post game interviews.
What is your favorite part about this opportunity and what is the most challenging part about it?
My favorite thing is without a doubt the Gatemen organization. Everyone is like a family. I am so blessed to be here and meet such wonderful people. I love going to work every day. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like work. The team is a bunch of great guys. They are all very genuine and friendly. It is so cool to see these guys get a step closer to their dream of playing in the major leagues. Everyone who was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft, with the exception of the high school players, played in the Cape League, so it is unbelievable to witness these guys play ball day in and day out. The most difficult thing: Wareham is off to a rough start this season, and after a tough loss, many of the players and coaches don’t want to talk to the media. Overall, I would say they have been good sports and team morale remains high. Another challenge is all of our broadcasts are live, which is something that I never experienced before coming here. It has made me a much better reporter, but sometimes technical issues (mic not working, camera not working etc.) interferes, but not too often.
What advice would you give to future interns to maximize their experience?
Embrace every opportunity you are given and appreciate the people you meet. I have met so many people this summer that I intend to be life long friends with. I am so blessed with this opportunity. Some days I wake up and wonder if I am living a dream or not. I would also encourage you to ask questions. Ask a lot of questions. Get to know your co-workers.
How will you apply the work you’re doing here to your college experience?
This experience makes me much better rounded. I can say that I followed a team for 3 months and reported on them daily. I can take that back with me to enhance my coverage of sports at school. Also, I think that my on camera experience here has made me much more comfortable on air. I hope to bring my on-air personality and reporting skills back to enhance the quality of reporting at Northwestern.