New Patch Intern a Video Specialist
Kent State student Nathan Edwards will work for several Patch sites throughout Northeast Ohio this summer
Nathan Edwards created his first-ever Kent Patch news piece Tuesday using his favorite method of storytelling: video.
Edwards, 22, started a 10-week internship Monday with Patch news sites in the Cleveland region, including Kent, Twinsburg, Solon, North Canton, Hillcrest and others. The full-time, paid intern will be contributing a variety of content – from videos and photo galleries to features and hard-news stories.
Edwards is one of two Patch interns working for Ohio sites this summer.
It’s the perfect summer job for Edwards, who will be a senior broadcast news major this fall at Kent State University. During the school year, he serves as general manager of TV2, one of the largest student-run television stations in the country. TV2 reaches more than 32,000 campus and Kent-area residents on Time Warner Cable.
He also has worked as a producer, a reporter and as news director for Black Squirrel Radio, the student-run radio station. His show, “It’s Business Time,” was the top-rated show on Black Squirrel Radio during Edwards’ sophomore year.
The 24-hour radio station broadcasts over the campus television network, Time Warner and streams live over the Web.
It was through his on-campus journalism job that Edwards first heard of Patch in late December, when Kent Patch was launched. “I was checking out the competition as news director,” he said with a laugh.
Edwards said he thinks the Patch family of news websites is “interesting and unique. There’s so much room for expansion and innovation. You’re not limited through the medium at all like you would be at a TV or radio station or a newspaper. You can take all three of those and combine them at Patch.”
Landing the internship gave Edwards the chance to stay in Kent during his last summer before graduation.
“I like to stay busy. Friends tell me I’m crazy and say things like, ‘You’re going to burn out if you keep up at this pace.’ But I’m entering my senior year and I’m not tired yet,” he said.
Edwards hails from Vandalia, a suburb of Dayton, where he discovered a love for performing on stage and filmmaking. He started Vandalia-Butler High School’s Film Club, which hosted a festival that drew 15 original film submissions and a viewing audience of 260 people.
Patch provides internships for college students focused on community journalism. It's a chance for the student to learn, gain experience and to offer even more content for Patch readers.
If you're interested in a summer internship next year with Patch, check out Patch.com for more information.