Anshuman Iddamsetty has been awarded the 2007 CBC-Radio Peter Gzowski Internship, giving the soon-to-graduate Arts student a fantastic opportunity to pursue his long-time interest in journalism.
The prestigious internship provides an intense four months of on-the-job training at CBC Radio. Mr. Iddamsetty, who worked at the Muse during his undergraduate studies and now writes freelance pieces for local papers, hopes this will give him essential experience.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to broaden my journalistic skill-set and make myself as flexible as possible.”
Mr. Iddamsetty has long had an interest in journalism, but opted to study political science, which he believes offers insight that’s particularly useful to a journalist.
Every year, one student from Memorial University is chosen for this internship one of only four awarded across the country. The program was created in 2003 by renowned CBC radio personality, the late Peter Gzowski.
Mr. Iddamsetty will spend a week in Toronto in early May getting a crash course in radio broadcasting, and then complete his internship in St. John’s. He’s pleased about that, because he believes this province has a special relationship with radio.
“Radio is integral to the province. There’s an inherent cultural legitimacy behind the medium,” he said. “People in the province trust the voice behind the microphone moreso than the newspapers or ... television.” That’s especially true outside the major centres, he noted, because of the broader reach of the airwaves.
Mr. Iddamsetty’s own relationship with far-reaching airwaves, and his ties to CBC, go back a long and far way. As a boy in Kuwait he immigrated with his family to Canada in 1995 he recalls watching American and Canadian television, including some CBC classics.
“We had satellite TV, so I was watching Saved By the Bell ... and also Street Legal and Beachcombers as a kid.”
He said that helped prepare him for the cultural shift but added: “It was certainly a bit of a change from metropolitan Kuwait to Clarenville.”
Now he feels he’s put down roots here, and ideally would like to work as a journalist in the province.