FHSU media studies student chosen as finalist for prestigious fellowship

Media Studies student Taryn Everhart, Dodge City junior at Fort Hays State University, has been selected as a finalist for the International Radio and Television Society 2004 Summer Fellowship Program.

More than 850 students nationwide applied to be considered for this year's class. Sixty-eight persons, including Everhart, have been selected for this final round, with 35 students to be selected as IRTS Summer Fellows in New York City, said Becky Kiser, assistant professor of information networking and telecommunications at FHSU.

The last phase of selections is based on phone interviews which began late in February.

Only full-time, four-year college juniors, seniors or graduate students are eligible to apply for the IRTS Fellowship. They must be a communications major or have demonstrated a strong interest in the communications field through extracurricular activities or other practical experience.

The Summer Fellowship Program, the most notable student outreach effort of IRTS, teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice.

The program lasts a total of nine weeks from June to August. The Summer Fellows begin with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising, and news media. During this time, students have a rare opportunity to question industry professionals at panels, lectures, and group discussions. They also take a number of related field trips and learn networking skills by attending industry social functions. Focus is placed on enhancing career planning, resume writing, and interviewing skills.

Following this first week, the students gain full-time "real world" experience at New York-based corporations to which each is assigned for the duration of the eight-week fellowship. The students are then able to reinforce or redefine specific career goals through the comprehensive Summer Fellowship Program before settling into a permanent job in the electronic media industry.

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