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Internship Taps into Student’s Passion for Sports and Media

Jul 06, 2018


Quinton Mayo on tv setRandolph-Macon College student Quinton Mayo '19 is planning a career that will combine his love for sports and media. A communication studies major and journalism minor, Mayo is paving the way to a future as a sports radio and television personality, and a summer internship at WJLA-TV & News in Arlington, Virginia is bringing him one step closer to his goal. Theresa Morrison, Human Resources coordinator, serves as his internship supervisor.

At WJLA, Mayo works alongside anchors within the sports department, covering news about the Redskins Training Camp, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, MLB All-Star Week, TPC Potomac, Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Finals, and the Mystics/Wizards. In addition to shadowing writers and anchors, Mayo is learning how to film mock stand-ups.

"A stand-up is when a television reporter appears in front of the camera to narrate part of a story," explains Mayo, who also edits news packages and interview players and coaches. For his final assignment, he will collaborate with interns from other departments and create a mock newscast.

Tools + Resources
Quinton Mayo and Theresa Morrison"I'm experiencing firsthand the importance of a good work culture," says Mayo of his busy days at WJLA. "Everyone respects each other's opinions, and employees tackle challenges as a team. As I move closer to my career goals, I will continue to focus on the importance of respect, teamwork and accountability."

Morrison says, "Our internship experience at WJLA exposes young professionals to developing careers in and around the journalism/broadcast fields. We provide a learning environment in which interns’ valuable contributions are encouraged. It is my goal to provide student-interns with the necessary tools and resources needed to succeed post-graduation." She continues, "Quinton has really taken ownership of this internship through networking with other interns and news professional in our newsroom. Mentoring Quinton has been a joy; he always comes in prepared and eager to learn. I'm excited to see what is next for him!"

Sports Powerhouse
On campus, Mayo, the recipient of a Dean's Award, is a sports writer for the Yellow Jacket student newspaper and a play-by-play and color commentator for the Yellow Jacket baseball team.

He also hosts a sports podcast, Uncapped, in which he provides commentary and analysis on a variety of sports videos, and he manages Mayo Please, a sports media brand that serves as a haven for aspiring sports journalists to practice their craft. Mayo Please currently includes 10 journalists who produce analytical podcasts, videos, and traditional written journalism.

"I'm in the process of growing Mayo Please into a powerhouse sports network," he says. "I hope to one day have Mayo Please on television competing with the greats such as ESPN, Fox Sports, and Bleacher Report."

Good Advice
Mayo also did an internship in summer 2017 at CBS 6 in Richmond, Virginia. He encourages students who are thinking about doing an internship to be proactive.

"Do as many internships as you can," he advises. "You'll never know what you truly want to pursue until you get hands-on experience. And remember, an internship is what you make it. There are plenty of times when you're not necessarily tasked with something—but never sit around. Bug people, see how you can help, create your own work. Leave your mark in whatever you do so they'll remember your name."