GRADUATE GETS TASTE OF BIG CITY JOURNALISM THROUGH DISPATCH INTERNSHIP
| by Emily Kallenborn, ’11
Graduate Gina Potthoff is a good example of where hard work, ambition and a great internship can lead. Potthoff graduated in May 2010 and is now interning as a reporter at the Columbus Dispatch. The internship, which was originally supposed to last three months, turned into a yearlong internship.
“I love the Dispatch,” Potthoff said. “They have been nothing but good to me.”
Her work there is a mix of cops and courts beats. It involves listening to police scanners, going to crime scenes, and attending court hearings and cases.
“It’s real-life journalism,” Potthoff said.
During Potthoff’s time at BGSU she worked at the BG News, where she started off as a reporter and worked her way up to editor-in-chief.
“After all of the experience I gained through my work at the BG News, I have been able to hit the ground running,” Potthoff said. “I am probably the biggest advocate for the BG News. I would definitely recommend it.”
Brandi Barhite, who is writing coach for the BG News and a second-year master’s student, describes Potthoff as a “hard-hitting” reporter.
“She asks the right questions in a way that puts people at ease,” Barhite said. “That is a rare talent. She comes across as sugar, even though she is asking spicy questions.”
The same hard work and talent that Potthoff showed at the BG News, she also showed in the classroom. At the spring awards ceremony, Potthoff was awarded the Waugh Trophy for top graduating student.
Nancy Brendlinger, one of Potthoff’s journalism professors, said she was always hard-working and produced quality work. Not only did she care about her work, she also cared about helping others excel as well, Brendlinger said.
“She really cared about the younger, less experienced reporters,” Brendlinger said. “She mentored them to make sure they had a good experience and learned a lot on the job.”
Before coming to Bowling Green, Potthoff grew up in Leipsic, Ohio, a small village of 2,000 people. So, working in Columbus, a city of 700,000 people, was a big step for her. Potthoff said, “No matter where you come from, if you work hard enough, you can get to where you want to go.”