My name’s Blake Atwell and I’m a junior broadcast journalism student at the University of Miami. I transferred to the U after completing my first two years of school at Santa Monica College, a community college in Southern California. I currently intern for CNN Sports, write for CaneSport.com and report for UMTV, the U’s award-winning cable channel.
From fall 2019 to summer 2020, I interned for NBC Los Angeles. I started in morning news alongside KNBC’s Mekahlo Medina, producing segments for the air and social media. I earned a second internship, working in the sports department during the 2020 spring.
I field produced, edited highlights for air and worked on the “Going Roggin” sports show. The COVID-19 pandemic hit midway through my internship and I finished the semester remotely. I assisted the news team by logging press conferences and pitching COVID-related story ideas. Four stories I pitched made it to air.
I earned a third consecutive internship at NBC Los Angeles for the 2020 summer, working in all areas of the newsroom as a full-time station intern. I worked in news, sports, investigations and digital throughout different points of the summer and ended the internship with nine producer/co-producer credits on the air and online.
Throughout my two years as a community college student, I also covered college and professional sports for News4usonline.com. I covered two Rose Bowls, the NBA playoffs, Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers and more. From March 2019 to June 2020, I covered USC football practices and games for USCScoop.com. I also co-hosted USCScoop’s Daily Youtube show, USCScoop TV.
I served as multimedia editor of The Corsair, Santa Monica College’s student newspaper, during the 2018-2019 school year. Over the course of the 2019 spring semester, I edited and produced six weekly Corsair segments (four podcasts and two videos). This included my own news show, “Corsair Weekly.” In total, The Corsair produced 40 podcast episodes and 45 videos throughout the 16-week spring semester. I edited 39 of those podcast episodes and produced every video.