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Donors Pay Santa Monica College Students to Work at KCRW  

By Lookout Staff

January 21, 2011 -- Starting in February, a lucky handful of Santa Monica College students will get to paid to work at KCRW, learning valuable broadcast skills at the same time as they pay for their education.

That's because the award-winning radio station is the beneficiary of a $25,000 grant from Daniel Greenberg and his wife Susan Steinhauser to create paid internships.

"The facts of student life are that many have to support themselves while in school,” Greenberg said. “Being able to award the Greenberg-Steinhauser stipends will allow many more students the opportunity to work with KCRW."

Students who qualify for the stipends will get to work hands-on, helping out as the station expands onto new digital platforms.

Interns in the past have worked in the studio with DJs and artists, with sound engineers, and on video and web production.

“Students gain valuable experience working at KCRW, a leading public radio station with a mission to provide important and trendsetting programs, as well as original content on the new digital platforms,” said KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro.

“We have the ability to attract students with skills we need – like video editing or social media expertise – while exposing them to the kinds of work that can enhance their education and give them a strong reference on their resumes,” she added.

The internships go above and beyond the station's stated mission.

Although many people think of KCRW as a college radio station, it hasn't had a teaching mission for decades. Instead its mission is to provide a community service, according to KCRW Producer Sarah Spitz.

SMC broadcast students have plenty of other opportunities to learn their craft, producing shows on campus and online.

KCRW broadcasts globally on the net via three streams dedicated to music, news and live station simulcast, as well as a number of podcasts. Its signal reaches 550,000 listeners a week.

Among the station's accolades are the George Foster Peabody Award, Radio & Television News Directors Association Awards, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards and L.A. Press Club's Southern California Journalism Awards.

Local philanthropists Greenberg and Steinhauser's gifts reflect the wide variety of their interests, from Reed College in Portland Oregon, to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, from the Broad Stage in Santa Monica to Washington's Pilchuck Glass School founded by Dale Chihuly.

 


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