Lake Bluff, Illinois
Political Science Major
Dylan Gibson is an intern at We Act Radio, a nationally syndicated progressive
talk radio station based out of Washington, D.C. Along with the radio side of the
station, We Act produces livestreamed news broadcasts of major events from across the district. Dylan's job involves production responsibilities for the broadcast and streaming sides of the business, as well as ownership of a number of social media projects for the station.
Describe your day-to-day experiences.
To tell the truth, every day here at WPWC has been completely different. I have spent my days doing everything from learning how to set up and produce multi-camera livestreams, being trained on the technical production side of radio broadcasting, and ultimately applying these new skills in a number of different ways. I have broadcast livestreams of outdoor congressional press conferences in California, live radio shows, and petition deliveries surrounding the Steubenville High School rape case in Ohio.
What has been the best part of your internship so far?
I was on the steps of the Supreme Court the day the justices handed down their ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. At the very moment that the crowd started cheering, I was helping to produce a livestreamed interview with Rep. Mark Takano of California, who was the first openly gay minority member of the U.S. Congress. It was pretty awesome to see Rep. Takano's reaction and that of the crowd in real life.
How did you learn about this opportunity?
The fact that I am here at all is thanks to Knox alums Jim Hanson '11 and Anna Novikova '13. Jim and Anna were extremely helpful in helping me to learn the ins and outs of political organizing in my first two years at Knox, and without their help I could have never done as well in my past internship experiences nor had nearly as great a time.
Can you give an example of how your classroom experiences at Knox have benefited you in the internship?
Being able to look back on my Political Communication course with Professor Robert Seibert from my first year has been invaluable. Since my prior internship experiences have been involved with political campaigning and activism, it was extremely useful to have studied the way that politics and journalism interact, and has helped me to develop a better understanding for what makes for interesting content.
What inspired you to pursue this opportunity?
We are in the middle of a communications revolution, plain and simple. For years, the modes of communication used by the media and politicians have been characterized by one-way movement of information. The advent of social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging sites like WordPress and Blogger have fundamentally altered the way all types of information are distributed. I came to We Act Radio because I was given the opportunity to embed myself within this new system, and come to understand it, in a way I had never before been allowed to.
Photo courtesy of WPWC/We Act Radio