The Boston Globe is known in some circles only as a newspaper but, in reality, it is so much more. The Boston Globe, sometimes affectionately called The Globe, is the largest newsroom in the region providing more news, analysis and information about community events, sports and entertainment than any other local news source. As a 26-time Pulitzer Prize winning news source, The Globe hires employees that bring incredible value to the newsroom.
It comes with no surprise that Emerson College Journalism students are hired here as Interns yearly. This year we caught up with the Fall 2019 intern, Maysoon Khan.
Maysoon Khan is a Journalism Major and Post Colonial Culture Minor in the class of ‘21. At The Globe, Maysoon is currenlty a Regional/Metro Co-Op. Here are a few things she had to say about her time so far at the Boston Globe.
What were some of your responsibilities during your internship?
“So right now I’m basically in charge of like a weekly kind of column, I guess you could call it or section that the Local Globe puts out every Sunday.
I also do a ton of like working with freelancers that work on the Local Section. I also do a lot of my own writing. So when I’m not corresponding with freelancers… I’m just writing stories and stuff. And I also work with an Editor on in the metro section.”
So what drew you to this internship? And then how did you find the opportunity?
“So I found the opportunity by seeing a listing and in Career Services. The Globe comes every year, they know Paula Bouknight from The Globe, and she’s kind of the person that comes to Emerson and different colleges as well.
So that’s kind of how I heard of it. Just it was a Career Services thing. And The Globe is a place I’ve wanted to be at for a very long time. When I applied back in April… I actually, applied just on a whim. I was just like, “Oh, they’re coming. Let me just go, I mean why not? Right?” And so then I just applied because I kind of thought might as well get my name into the door, you know, I never thought I’d get it. And then I got it.”
Did you make any cool contacts? Were there any cool networking opportunities for you?
“Yeah, I mean, I got to know quite a few journalists in the newsroom. One that I actually interviewed for like an assignment, her name’s Nicole Dungca. She’s part of Asian American Journalists Association as well, like for the Boston chapter, but she works on the spotlight team. And she, did a really extensive series on race… It’s like one of the best series I’ve ever read in my life. So it was crazy to learn that she did then that I like I’m on a talking basis with her.”
Do you have any advice for students interested in this internship or similar opportunities?
“My advice would be like, know what you’re going into and like, don’t try to fool anyone. If you’re not ready, you’re not ready. And if you are ready, you know you’re ready. So go for it…. Have ethics and morals when you’re reporting and don’t sell people short just for the scoop. Because that doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, you know, the person matters, the person’s story that you’re telling matters, and you can’t treat that as anything less than it is, you know?”