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Communications major completes internship with LA Weekly

Chad McQueen
Chad McQueen talks to a fan
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ LEGO replica
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ LEGO replica
Actor Jon Heder looking over the bronze statue of ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’
Actor Jon Heder and the bronze statue of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’

Mary Bove, a senior communications major at Misericordia University, recently completed a summer-internship program at LA Weekly in which she honed her photography and videography skills while covering feature assignments at a broad array of events in the Los Angeles, Calif., media market

Bove is the daughter of Melanie Bove of Wapwallopen, Pa. A Berwick High School graduate, she dreams of becoming a professional photographer after graduation in December 2014. At Misericordia University, she is the staff photographer for the Highlander student newspaper, has had a solo exhibit featuring 25 photographs in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, and has secured three internships.

LA Weekly has been covering the LA market since 1978 and has won more awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies than any other paper in the country. In 2007, it was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

In Los Angeles, Bove covered a myriad of events, including the unveiling of a bronze Napoleon Dynamite statue in front of Fox Searchlight’s headquarters on the Fox Lot, from June 2 to July 11. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the film that developed a cult-like following. The cast and director came out to talk about the film’s legacy, including Jon Heder, who was cast as Napoleon. 

“My internship at LA Weekly was amazing,’’ says Bove. “I am so grateful for such a wonderful opportunity. My favorite was my second photo assignment in which I got to photograph the unveiling of the Napoleon Dynamite statue. The entire cast was there and it was just an amazing experience.’’ 

Bove did not miss a thing while covering Hollywood movie stars, the son of a Hollywood legend, rock stars and other less glamorous assignments. She covered the Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show in Chino Hills, Calif., as well as Fox’s novel marketing of its 2014 movie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” that was downsized into a LEGO replica to mark the release of the movie’s DVD.

“My education at Misericordia prepared me greatly for this internship,’’ Bove said upon its completion. “A good example is my Video Production I class that I took. I recently had to shoot a video of Glenn Greenwald for LA Weekly as well as edit it for a blog post. If I did not take that video class – as well as a video practicum – I would not have known the basics needed to complete a video project. I know that I am not going into a video career, but Misericordia helped me learn one more thing to succeed in life.’’ 

At Misericordia University, Bove also secured two additional internships. She was a photographer with CollegeFashionista during the summer after her freshman year, and worked for the Hazleton Standard-Speaker newspaper covering news, sports and feature photo assignments. 

“The best thing about a Misericordia education is how hands-on it is,’’ Bove said. “I liked the smaller number of students on campus and in my major. That is why I chose to attend Misericordia. I did not want to become another number at a big school. I wanted to be noticed and receive a quality education from well-educated professors.’’

For more information about the Misericordia University communications program, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/com or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.