Weston High School senior Ben Roth served an internship with The Weston Forum starting in May. He wrote news and feature stories as well as baseball articles for the paper.
The internship was part of the high school’s growing internship program, which matches graduating seniors with “mentor” businesses in the area to help the students gain some real world work experience before leaving school.
In the fall, Ben will be attending Syracuse University, where he will study broadcasting at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
A baseball enthusiast, Ben’s childhood dream was to play professional baseball. However, he realized his abilities weren’t up to professional standards so he has decided to go into broadcast journalism instead and hopes someday to be a sportscaster.
During his time at The Forum, Ben said he learned some important things that will help him with his future career. “I didn’t realize how much work goes into a weekly paper and I learned the importance of deadlines. I also learned not to be afraid to reach out to people in interviews,” he said.
During his internship, Ben interviewed children’s author Alan Katz, teacher Doris Fiotakis, and Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer, as well as several fellow interns for this week’s front page news feature on the internship program.
In the past, he wrote for Weston High School’s student newspaper, The Journal. He has also worked as an umpire for Little League games.
Ben also likes radio, and had a past job at WEBE 108 radio station. He is interested in learning more about radio broadcasting when he goes to college.