Junior Kevin Clack recently began an internship with KSN-TV — a local news station in Wichita.
Clack, who hails from Seguin, Texas, is a communication major with minors in Spanish and journalism. He is currently the treasurer of the Student Government Association, plays on the men’s tennis team and is the sports editor for the Vantage, a weekly student-produced newspaper at Newman.
Clack is also a student worker for the Newman University relations department as a member of the student-led Newman 360Five team. He is a residence assistant on campus and is in his first year as president of the Newman LGBT+ organization, Kaleidoscope.
Clack said he was in the midst of applying for scholarships last semester when he asked Director of University Relations Clark Schafer to send his resume out to local news stations.
“When I found out I was hired, I was relieved,” Clack said. “It was getting closer toward the end of the year and I wasn’t sure if my hard work would pay off.”
During his semester-long internship with KSN, Clack will shadow news reporters and anchors as they conduct interviews and produce the news. He will also have the opportunity to film his own “stand-ups” and learn the editing software that is used at the station.
“I’m excited to see how a real news station produces the news,” Clack said. “We grow up most of our lives only watching it on TV, so it’s amazing to be able to see it on the other side.”
Schafer describes Clack as a hard worker.
“Based on the fact that Kevin is involved in lots of activities on campus and is a Newman student, he is challenged academically at a higher level and I think he has the skill sets needed to be successful,” Schafer said. “I wish him all the best — I think he will be great. I think he will be a good representative of Newman and hopefully we can continue to get more Newman students involved in the different media outlets.”
Clack said, “I get to see, hands on, if this is the career that is right for me to pursue, so I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to do this.”