Following Her Idol

Jackie Myers '17 interned for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Seacrest Studios this summer. (Photo provided)

Matt Hawkins
August 15, 2016

Bradley journalism major Jackie Myers ’17 discovered what it’s like to be entertainment star Ryan Seacrest as an intern for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Seacrest Studios.

The studios, part of a network of hospital-based multimedia broadcast centers sponsored by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, engage children and families in the media-making process. Interns like Myers, a Powell, Ohio, native, coordinate programming that interacts with children and celebrities who visit the hospital.

“I want to be the next Ryan Seacrest because I admire his producing, hosting and charitable work,” Myers said. “I learned what he does and what his family stands for while I learned new broadcast technology. That made it the perfect combination for me, especially because I want to do fun, upbeat entertainment news without going to Los Angeles.”

Myers recorded a lengthy list of accomplishments even though she had limited experience in TV production. She developed programming for hospital patients and developed her on-air skills as the co-host of a weekly morning show. By internship’s end, she created an interactive game, interviewed entertainers who stopped in Cincinnati and won a friendly intra-office competition for the summer’s top social media post.

As she discovered, those projects made positive impacts throughout the hospital.

“We in the studio made patients feel special when we featured them on-air,” Myers said. “It’s a wonderful feeling to see a sick patient have a blast and know you helped create that fun. Even though this was entertainment news, I realized I impacted those children, and that’s what I want to do as a broadcaster.”

The summer stretched her comfort zones and affirmed her interest in the entertainment industry. She gained valuable skills that, when paired with her academic pursuits in journalism, entrepreneurship and social media marketing, give her a firm understanding of entertainment media.

“I quickly got comfortable in a new environment with new technology because of Seacrest Studio’s helpful staff,” Myers said. “I never thought I would learn this much in one summer, but I’m glad for the challenge. Now I see how my educational and internship experiences have prepared me to succeed in the professional world.”