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Baylor in New York Program Prepares Alumnus for Career in Broadcast News

May 3, 2013

Baylor in NYC

Matt Howerton interned in NYC as part of the Baylor in New York program during Spring of 2012.
He is now a reporter at KWTX-TV in Waco.

By Brennan Lane, journalism student

Getting ready for college graduation can lead many students to feel uneasy about the next chapter in their lives. However, Baylor University offers a wide array of internship programs for students in the journalism field to prepare them for their future careers.

One of the best for journalism majors is the Baylor in New York program. Matt Howerton, a 2012 graduate of Baylor University who minored in public relations, called New York City his home for a semester while interning at WABC-TV.

Admission into these programs is competitive as students must maintain a high G.P.A. and provide references from faculty to be accepted. Students then start looking for internships within the city.

"It was exciting," Howerton said. "I felt like I was living in the real world, with a real job."

Howerton, 22 at the time, was a field reporter for this news station. He covered stories about subway deaths, Hyde Park taxes, the mega millions lottery, and Shay, the retired police dog.

Howerton and the other students in the program took a 12-hour load. Students take 6 hours of lecture classes, 3 hours of independent study and an internship course.

"The {classes weren't} that hard," Howerton said. "I think this program is meant more for gaining hands-on work experience. Sitting in a classroom most of the time would be pointless."

After spending all of the 2012 spring semester in New York, Howerton traveled back to Waco, Texas, to graduate that May. Currently, Howerton is a field reporter for KWTX, the CBS affiliate in Waco. He has covered many high-profile stories, but the most significant in his career so far is the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013. Since he was the only reporter working that day, they sent him to cover the story.

"It's crazy," Howerton, said. "I never knew I was going to experience something this intense my first year working in broadcast journalism."

When asked about the correlation between his work in New York and his work now, Howerton said," Everything I have done up until this point has helped my career. The stories I worked on in New York are very important to me, and has gotten me where I am today."