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Learning on the job with FOX6: An intern's take

The Vomit Slurpers fly display is just one of many in the McWane Science Center's "Grossology" exhibit. (Photo source: Sharonne Hayes/WBRC) The Vomit Slurpers fly display is just one of many in the McWane Science Center's "Grossology" exhibit. (Photo source: Sharonne Hayes/WBRC)
A tapeworm's journey through the human stomach is mapped out in this exhibit at the McWane Science Center. (Photo source: Sharonne Hayes/WBRC) A tapeworm's journey through the human stomach is mapped out in this exhibit at the McWane Science Center. (Photo source: Sharonne Hayes/WBRC)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The following was written by Sharrone Hayes, one our interns here at FOX6, about her first week as an intern with us.

Three days is all it took for me to realize that my internship at FOX6 was going to be an amazing one. Three days, and I already feel like I'm a part of a great team. My experience working with FOX6 has started off wonderfully and I'm always excited to see what my next day will present.

My first and second day I went out and covered stories on the homeless service organization One Roof and Birmingham's construction of its new baseball stadium, respectively. Those same days, I helped edit those pieces (with the help of a savvy and sharp cameraman named Perry). And you know what? I lamely missed them both on the news; can we say disheartening?

It was awful missing the end products twice, but the journey was well worth it. And I quickly saw the joys of working at such a great news station. Seeing everything that everyone does come together to form such an amazing story holds a satisfying and fulfilling edge to it that can't be beat. Working with Alan Collins and Jonathan Hardision on the aforementioned pieces put everything I've learned in school and everything I hope to do in real focus. The utter respect and reveration people have for FOX6 is certainly well-earned.

Now, the Grossology exhibit featured at the McWane Center that I visited this afternoon with Mickey Ferguson was....well, gross. And I absolutely LOVED it!

Families, teachers and students gathered around to see exhibits from the Vomit Slurpers fly that animatedly described the joys (and science) of eating "dookie", to the Tapeworm display that showed the riveting journey of a tapeworm through a human stomach, to the Scents display in which you could actually smell the various scents animals use for either defense, attraction, or recognition. The skunk one? No, that one certainly did not get the attraction points, although the cockroach recognition scent was rather pleasant. A surprising cherry smell.

The real joy was to work with the affable and utterly hilarious Mickey for the first time and see him engage the excited adults and children on such a intriguing exhibit, drawing the kids' hilarous personal accounts while intermixing his own (and mine, unexpectedly) for viewers to see. And hey, I was even the grand prize winner of the Let's Play Animal Grossology trivia show (my mom would be so proud).

But my prize was already won; it was a definite treat just being there. Because these principle moments are what FOX6 is all about and what makes it, its anchors, reporters and its team so beloved by so many. And it's why I'm here....and having probably one of the most epic internships ever! I've learned a lot in just three days and I'm looking forward to doing and seeing more. Today? I learned that I will never let a fly anywhere near me again....

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