- Kirsten Ballard
What brought you to the Alliance and what do you hope to learn this summer?
I received several outside scholarships upon graduating from high school. One of those scholarships was from The Economic Club of Washington D.C., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to increase the ties of the growing business communities within the District. I participate in The David M. Rubenstein/Economic Club of Washington, D.C. scholarship program, which is open exclusively to D.C. students. The program is amazing and as a result I was given the opportunity to apply for The Economic Club/Urban Alliance internship program, which brought me to the Alliance. Urban Alliance is another nonprofit organization that aims to introduce students within the DC, Maryland and Virginia area to the employment field at an early age. The organization starts working with students while they are in high school. This summer I hope to learn more about how representing various organizations works and how to juggle multiple responsibilities.
What aspect of the news media industry most fascinates you?
I receive my news digitally, specifically through social media apps such as Twitter or Facebook. I think how quickly news spreads (whether it is true or false) and how quick people are to believe what they read without fact checking it is mind-blowing.
What do you want to do with your career?
My ultimate career goal is to start my own production studios where I can produce my own content along with others. Building to that, I want to be a screenwriter for film and television, as well as tackle directing and producing along the way.
Where do you see the future of news going?
Right now, the news is reporting on issues nonstop; however, fake news is a growing issue. As a result, I believe that viewers/participants are catching on to this, which could eventually impact the livelihood of news.
Describe your daily news media habits.
In preparing for my day, I will check Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook. Typically, Twitter always has something trending regarding the news and what is going on in the world. If I see something trending I will click on it and read about comments that are being made and the overall situation. For example, the numerous school shootings that have continuously happened this year always trend on Twitter and it will have a live news cast available for users to watch to stay updated on the situation. If I see something on social media sites that does not appear credible (or even if it does) I will Google it and try to fact check to see the veracity of what I’m reading.