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Journalism graduate lands fellowship with CBS News

Jul 17, 2019

Posted in: News

By Taylor Burress, Communications Intern

Sarah Danial at CBS News in New York City.

It’s a dream come true for Sarah Danial, who recently graduated from the Robertson School of Media and Culture. This summer she is completing a 10-week fellowship with CBS News in New York City.

“Honestly, the entire experience has already been wonderful,” she said. “New York City is a great place for news because you never have to look far to find something.”

Danial found this opportunity through a tip from journalism professor Jeff South, who was her instructor in the Robertson School’s Capital News Service.  

“Jeff South always sends journalism jobs and internships to students via an email list,” said Danial. “He sent out a flyer for the CBS News Fellowship and actually wrote me a recommendation for it.” It is Danial’s second internship as she previously interned with WTVR-CBS 6 in Richmond last summer.

While at the Robertson School, Danial studied in both the broadcast and digital journalism tracks. She graduated this May.

"Sarah Danial makes all of us at the Robertson School very proud,” said Interim Director Dr. Marcus Messner. “Breaking into the largest TV market in the U.S. right out of college is a great achievement. We cannot wait to see what’s next for her.”

“I certainly feel like my previous capstones such as Capital News Service, iPadJournos and VCU Insight prepared me for this fellowship,” said Danial. “While the systems and protocols may be different, I learned to be self-sufficient, to find a place to pitch in and to have great attention to detail.”

This summer, Danial works in the Hard News Center for CBS This Morning.  In her role, Danial helps gather video and photo elements for the show and assists in monitoring live shots from correspondents all over the world. 

“The entire staff has been incredibly supportive, welcoming, and willing to answer all of my questions,” Danial said. “I have also made fast friends with several of the other interns. We have been a sort of support system for each other while we’ve been here. When we’re not at work we are exploring the city from Central Park to Harlem to Brooklyn.”

While Danial knew this fellowship position would be highly competitive, she put forward her passion for journalism and her willingness to take chances. She recommends other students be willing to take chances and reach out to their network as resources. 

“I would not be where I am without the amazing role models I’ve had at the Robertson School. They are your greatest resource for recommendations, connections and overall guidance,” she said. “Take the chance and see what happens. Whatever the outcome, it is better to take the chance than to not try at all.”

Danial’s goal is to become a reporter and anchor and she is currently looking for a job that fits her passion.

“As journalists, it is our duty to be mirrors, a true and honest reflection of the world. We need to be able to reflect the diversity that is so present in our world,” Danial said. “Don’t doubt that your voice matters. Trust that you are where you are for a reason and take chances because you never know where you might end up.”

Please also read about the internship experiences of other Robertson School students this summer:

McKenna Day worked as a content marketing intern for Ellucian.

Madison Blum had a communication internship at the American Chemical Society.

Kevin Nguyen studied and interned in Vietnam.