CMU grad is tops in international fellowship program
A summer spent working for "NBC Nightly News" in New York City has earned a recent Central Michigan University graduate recognition as one of the best of the best in her field.
The International Radio and Television Society Foundation's highly selective Summer Fellowship Program has named Bowen Dou of Tianjin, China, its 2007 Barry Sherman Fellow. The award is given to the top-performing student in the intensive program, which selects outstanding college students from around the country, trains them and places them in internship positions at prestigious New York City-based media outlets.
"I was very pleasantly surprised to receive this award," said Dou, who worked for NBC Nightly News over the summer and completed her master's degree in broadcast and cinematic arts in August. "I am extremely honored that I received the award and that what I have done in the past and during my internship has been recognized."
Each year, more than 800 students from across the country apply for the nine-week program; this year, only 30 were selected. The program begins with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising and new media. Students are then assigned to media outlets for the duration of the program to gain real-world experience.
Dou, CMU's fourth student to be selected for the program, spent her NBC internship producing "Insider Report" news segments, which were distributed to and aired on NBC affiliates across the country. She also was involved in researching stories, participating in interview shoots and working on Web site redesign projects.
As a graduate assistant at CMU, Dou was responsible for managing the Web sites of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, student radio station WMHW Modern Rock 91.5 FM, and student-produced newscast News Central 34. She also served as the senior designer and president of the co-curricular organization Moore Media Digital Design and won several awards from the National Broadcasting Society and Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
"The practical training and hands-on experience that BCA gives its students have helped me prepare for the program and my future in so many ways," said Dou, who lists the school's advanced equipment and helpful professors as its most significant benefits.
For more information on CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, visit www.bca.cmich.edu.