January 02, 2013
Wheelock Communications and American Studies major Ally Harrison will be interning this spring for On Point, the acclaimed National Public Radio daily news show produced by Boston's WBUR station.
Gail Dines, chair of Wheelock's American Studies Department, said Harrison being chosen for the prestigious internship shines a spotlight on Wheelock's unique Communications major. "In my interview with the internship director at WBUR, they mentioned how Ally brought a unique set of skills to the table because not only was she skilled in media production, she also has a sophisticated critical analysis of media representation. This is exactly what makes our media studies program at Wheelock unique."
Harrison, who is in her senior year, said her Wheelock education has reinforced her strong humanitarian values while teaching her how to deconstruct the media industry and media ownership and understand how media coverage directly and indirectly affects the lives of children and families.
"Certain types of people are represented in the media more than other people," she said. "To me, it's really important that everyone is being represented because the stories in the media shape our culture. It's about having everyone's voice heard."
Harrison will bring her media skills and social justice perspective to her 10-week internship, where her role will be to assist producers, sit in on all recordings, and offer ideas for show topics. She is also expected to produce a couple of shows.
On Point is a daily radio news show that is carried by 240 National Public Radio (NPR) stations nationwide, with a weekly audience of 1.2 million. The show is broadcast live from 10 a.m. - noon EST from WBUR in Boston and re-airs through the day and evening across the country.
"It's been a lifelong dream to work at NPR," Harrison said. "Coming out of Wheelock, I know I'll be prepared. But I look forward to working with media professionals."
Originally from Doylstown, PA, Harrison graduated from George School, a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, PA. While at Wheelock, she interned with the Non-Governmental Organization Stop Porn Culture, playing a major role in building a new website. She was also one of two student organizers of the March 2012 Wheelock conference called Beyond Slutwalk: Feminists Demanding Justice.
Harrison said she hopes to work for a national media organization after she graduates from Wheelock in May 2013. "It would be great to help produce and write programs, not necessarily just news but something that adds to the national conversation," she said.