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  • socdeansintern 12:19 pm on October 6, 2016 Permalink  

    Hands-on Experience at NBC4-Washington 

    By Dean’schelseacatnbc Intern Chelsea Cirruzzo

    As NBC4-Washington got ready for the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, I got to get in on the action by going to the concert-portion of the actual opening ceremony

    After packing my portable phone charger, grabbing a notebook and practicing my introduction—“Hi, my name is Chelsea, and I’m with NBC4-Washington. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions about the museum opening?”—I was off for a night I’ll never forget. The crowd was huge, dancing along to a live performance by Public Enemy, enjoying southern comfort food, and celebrating black history and culture with enthusiasm. I met folks from all over the country, of all ages, from all different backgrounds, all united to celebrate the museum’s opening.

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  • socdeansintern 2:24 pm on October 3, 2016 Permalink  

    Sitting in on a Congressional Sit-In and Other Exciting Experiences 

    katemagillBy Kate Magill at The Durango Herald

    During my time as the D.C. correspondent for The Durango Herald, one of my favorite experiences was covering Senator Michael Bennet’s participation in the sit-in in Congress to protest for new gun control legislation. The day of the sit-in, I was covering a House of Representatives vote on a Department of Labor rule, and so I was watching the live video stream of the House floor. As I was watching, I kept hearing yelling from behind the camera that was filming the floor, and I couldn’t figure out why the vote hadn’t happened yet. Scrolling through Twitter, I realized that what I couldn’t see on camera was the beginning of the sit-in.

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  • socdeansintern 2:07 pm on October 3, 2016 Permalink  

    Discovering More and More Each Day at Discovery 


    Alexandra (right), her manager, and a fellow intern on her last day of the summer


    By Dean’s Intern Alexandra Francavilla at Discovery

    I finished up my summer at Discovery in early August. I went home and classes started as I waited for my new assignment. It was strange not going into Silver Spring every day. I missed my daily commute – reading Game of Thrones on the metro ride home and sleeping on the morning ride in because I had stayed up too late. I had come to fall into my routine, and Discovery felt like home I missed. Then, at the end of August they told me where I’d be working, and I couldn’t wait to go back to the place I made my home this summer!

    A little background to explain my internship situation: I have a three-semester long rotational internship with Discovery Communications’ department, The Agency. The Agency is basically just an internal, well, agency. Discovery owns 13 networks (such as Discovery, TLC, OWN, Animal Planet, Science Channel, etc.), so the company is broken down into those networks with their own

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  • socdeansintern 12:59 pm on August 4, 2016 Permalink  

    Reporting on How Learning Happens at NPR 

    Kendra2By Dean’s Intern Kendra Yoshinaga at NPR

    They say internships are what you make of them, and an internship at NPR’s Education Desk is no exception. In my time here, I’ve learned that the education beat covers much more than what happens in the classroom: ultimately, it’s about the experiences that shape the people we become. And I’ve had the freedom to chase stories I’m curious and passionate about—from the surprising ways that teachers can encourage cross-racial friendships to how memorial museums help kids make sense of tragic parts of history. (More …)

  • socdeansintern 3:33 pm on July 18, 2016 Permalink  

    Paving the Way for the National Conventions at USA TODAY 

    By DeaYan USA Today Blog Photon’s Intern Yan Shi at USA TODAY

    In preparation for the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, the Interactive News team was tasked with the job of carrying out a project that involved all the newspapers under the USA TODAY NETWORK banner to capture the personalities, dreams, ideas and thoughts of supporters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The idea was to show and tell a different about Trump and Clinton supporters—too often we hear about the demographics of the voters, but we don’t get to hear their stories and the reasons why they’re voting the way that they are voting. The purpose was to humanize the supporters and to give the voters a face. The interactive contains photos, audio and transcripts.

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  • socdeansintern 10:38 am on July 12, 2016 Permalink  

    A Dream Come True at USA TODAY 

    YanShiBlogPhoto-USATBy Dean’s Intern Yan Shi at USA TODAY

    To say that it’s been a dream of mine to work at USA TODAY is an understatement. The Dean’s Internship program has given me the privilege of working at one of the best news publications in the country, and I can’t be more grateful for the opportunity. I started just little over a month ago, and, needless to say, the month’s been full of both professional and personal growth.

    As the Interactive News intern, I’ve got the best of both worlds of what I am currently studying: computer programming and journalism. I can’t say I’m an expert at programming yet, but I’ve been able to start up projects for the team and learn some new languages and applications on the fly. It’s a little overwhelming, but the team is patient and always willing to lend a hand whenever I have questions or need help with a project.

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  • socdeansintern 11:53 am on July 8, 2016 Permalink  

    On the Right Track at NBC4-Washington 

    Ellie Hartleb - NBC4By Dean’s Intern Ellie Hartleb at NBC4-Washington

    My experience at NBC Washington has solidified that I am definitely pursuing the right career for myself. Every day is packed with stories to write, videos to cut and plenty of people to talk to. The newsroom is just as bustling as you may imagine, and despite the constant high level of energy, every single person is so welcoming, kind and helpful. I am one of three interns on the digital team, but we are never treated as “just the interns.” We are integral parts of our department, and are consistently getting feedback on how to be better reporters, interns and people.

    My bosses at NBC are committed to help me reach my goals, and are always interested to hear my ideas. I have been up at 4 a.m. twice in the past month to cover Metro SafeTrack projects, and I’ll soon spend a day out of the office to spend a day in the life of a dog. I have a few of my own story ideas I’m working on in the meantime, and I feel extremely prepared to write and report them with the help of a great team of editors. I came into this internship with plenty of writing experience, and I know I will leave not only with a multitude of bylines but also with a better understanding of what it takes to be a local reporter in D.C.

  • socdeansintern 3:04 pm on July 7, 2016 Permalink  

    Nothing But Fireworks at The Washington Post 

    DerekHawkinsCroppedBy Dean’s Intern Derek Hawkins at The Washington Post

    It’s been nothing but fireworks since I started working on the metro desk at The Washington Post. Since late-winter, I’ve focused exclusively on cops and courts, reporting on some of the highest-profile cases in the region and the country.

    Most recently, I spent two weeks in Baltimore covering the criminal trial of Caesar Goodson Jr., the police officer who faced the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Goodson drove the van in which Gray, a 25-year-old black man from West Baltimore, suffered a fatal neck injury in April 2012. He was the only officer charged with murder in Gray’s arrest and death, which sparked protests, demonstrations and later riots in the city.

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  • socdeansintern 12:47 pm on July 7, 2016 Permalink  

    All In A Day’s Work at NBC4-Washington 

    ESloanBlog2PixABy Dean’s Intern Ellana Sloan at NBC4-Washington

    I came in Thursday morning to find out that we were shooting promotion commercials for NBC4 and Storm Team 4. Not only was the opportunity to witness an NBC-specific shoot with a full crew and talent beyond incredible, but also these specific spots will be aired during the opening night of the Olympics. Five minutes into talking with various people on the set (who, to my surprise, were thrilled to share their vast experience with me), I was asked to be in the first Storm Team promo. Although it was simply my backside that appeared on camera as I walked over to hand meteorologist Chuck Bell a piece of paper, it felt like such a big responsibility and honor. Later on, I got to be the person who “marked” each scene with the slat, and I swear it was my calling. Even though it was bit stressful since, as we all know, time is money, being able to slate each scene was stunning.

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  • socdeansintern 2:40 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink  

    A Compelling Narrative at First Person 

    By Dean’s IBrown_Voxntern Elisha Brown at Vox and Scripps Howard Foundation Grantee

    Wide-eyed and nervous, I started my first day at Vox about six weeks ago. Since then, I’ve learned so much about what goes into good journalism. As the First Person intern, I find compelling voices to write personal perspectives on the news, fact-check pieces, and work on long-term projects.

    The best thing about working at the general interest website is that editors and writers really value your ideas and love to collaborate. I pitched a First Person piece that involved reaching out to a woman whose mother was killed in the Charleston shooting, and within weeks, we were able to share her story to our readers. On the collaboration front, if you don’t know a lot about a topic, there are countless genius writers with expertise on a beat who are right here and willing to help.

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