“I wanted to grow up to be Katie Couric.”

by Molly Gibbs

April 16, 2018

Brooke Glatz ’17 discusses her experiences as an NBC Page.

Brooke Glatz '17 standing next to a Today Show sign
Brooke Glatz '17 at her job at the Today Show

“I was one of those kids that didn’t want to grow up to be a soccer star or anything like that, I wanted to grow up to be Katie Couric,” Brooke Glatz, a 2017 graduate of the broadcast and digital journalism program, says about her passion for broadcast journalism.

Glatz was one of 23 Newhouse students who interned with NBC for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She says the experience encouraged her to apply for the NBCUniversal Page Program, a 12-month rotational program that allows participants to develop skills and knowledge of the media industry on the job. Selection for the Page Program is highly competitive, with thousands of applicants vying for about 20 spots quarterly..

During her year in the Page Program, Glatz worked on projects for the MSNBC programs “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and the weekend "Today Show,” and moved between departments like ad sales, entertainment booking and brand ambassadorship.

Glatz recently sat down with student reporter Molly Gibbs to discuss her experience working as an NBC Page.

Tell me about your time with the Page Program.

I got accepted into the Page Program 2 1/2 weeks before I graduated, and then I started [the program] two weeks after graduation, so I really jumped right into it. I had a mini assignment for a month with MSNBC, then I went into a full, three-month assignment with ad sales and client development. At the same time, I had an assignment with “The Today Show,” so I would be there every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 9:30 a.m. helping with the production of the weekend "Today Show.” After that I did entertainment booking with “The Today Show.” And now I’m in my final assignment, which is WNBC creative services and promos, so working with their brand marketing for the local news channel in New York.

What have been some of the biggest challenges?

I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to be successful in a workplace, what it takes to make good impressions when you only have three months before you move on to your next assignment. Every minute counts. You have to always be on and always be thinking, “What can I be doing to make the lives of the people around me better?” And I think that having that mindset is really what helps you get the part and what makes you shine.

You were one of 23 Newhouse students who worked as NBC interns during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. What was that experience like? 

Genuinely, that was the craziest month of my life. I was working seven days a week with 44 other interns and our whole team. [It was] a really solid team. They let us work together, they let us learn to take leadership when we could. It really is the reason that I was so set on doing the Page Program when I graduated because I knew that this is the company culture that I want to be a part of, one that’s really nice and inclusive and people are genuinely trying to help each other out and have the whole team be successful.

What’s something you wish you had learned sooner?

I think that just through talking to people and observing what’s going on around me, I now know that there’s no linear path. You can be in something, realize that’s not for you and switch. I think that’s invaluable to learn that you don’t just have to be a reporter, you don’t just have to be a producer. You can make your own path based on what you want, what’s going to make you happy.

If you had to give one piece of advice to current students what would you tell them?

Positivity breeds positivity. When you have a positive attitude, it encourages other people to have a positive attitude. And when you have a positive outlook on life, you attract that same sort of nature and that same sort of energy. That, and my other life motto which is: you can never diminish your own light by helping someone else’s shine brighter. If anything, you might learn something and they might teach you something. Never be afraid to lend your help because you never know what you’re going to learn from it, you never know when it might come back and help you and you never know how successful you could help that person be.

Molly Gibbs is a freshman photography major at the Newhouse School.