My name is Brittany Tom and I am a rising senior at the University of California, Berkeley. I am member of the AAJA San Francisco Bay Area, and I am in currently in New York participating in the AAJA/NBC Fellowship program. I am fortunate to be interning at Dateline NBC through this fellowship. It is such a dream to walk through the doors of 30 Rock every morning to start my day of work.
My passion of international relations and media in general has cultivated my interest and led me to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. At UC Berkeley, I am a Media Studies major with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. The minor is unique to UC Berkeley because, in addition allowing students to research the effects of globalization and poverty, it gives them the opportunity to travel and volunteer. For my minor, I am hoping to travel to Beijing, China and volunteer at an orphanage.
In addition to my academic interest, my passion for broadcast journalism has grown from my involvement with UC Berkeley’s online television station, CalTV. As a student-run organization, CalTV allows me to assume an active role in all stages of news production, from on-air reporting to editing and filming. CalTV has encouraged me to pursue internships in the news broadcasting industry and I have been fortunate to intern at both ABC in Santa Barbara (KEYT) and NBC Bay Area (KNTV).
Media is an influential force in our society and I have come to understand how news broadcasting is a powerful tool in shaping public opinion. After shadowing producers and reporters, I have discovered a strong interest in investigative, long-form journalism, which focuses on controversial, in-depth or special-topic stories. I am particularly interested in human-interest stories pertaining to globalization, urbanization and the global-south.
I know my time at Dateline NBC will be a memorable and valuable experience, and I am so fortunate that AAJA selected me for this opportunity.