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  • socdeansintern 2:01 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Making History at the Newseum 

    By Dean’s Intern Katie O’Gorman at the Newseum

    It has been such an incredible experience to work at the Newseum, a museum dedicated to the first amendment and the practice of journalism, during this historical moment in our country’s lifetime where our right to free speech and the legitimacy of the media is constantly being questioned.

    One of my main tasks as the production assistant intern is editing the biweekly Lighter Side of News exhibit video that displays in the Internet, TV, and Radio Gallery. Every other week, I sit in my editing suite and watch the most recent late night talk show hosts’ commentary on world events, pop culture, and most importantly the US government. My task is to pick the funniest jokes on the most recent political and national events and create a cohesive 7-8 minute video beginning with the lightest jokes and ending with the political jabs that get the biggest laughs. The most difficult part is keeping the video up to date on the latest news because, with the current state of our government, something new makes history every week. Sometimes I will take a break from work and go sit in the theater where my video is played and laugh along with the visitors. It’s a really awesome feeling to see people appreciate your work!

    Another major project that I have been able to be a part of during my semester here has been the final video installment for the Civil Rights at 50 exhibit 1968: Civil Rights at 50. The production team started work on the 1968 video early this September and will complete it in December. The exhibit will open to the public next January, 50 years after the struggle for racial justice in 1968. I have been able to witness the process of creating an exhibit film first-hand from start to finish. I helped with the pre-production stage doing background research and location scouting for interviews, assisted with interview shoots for the production stage, and will shadow the editors during the post-production stage.

    Working on a civil rights video while the country is going though a similar situation right now has not only been very educational but also very empowering. We have been able to interview major voices of the current civil rights movement such as Michael Bennett, a player on the Seattle Seahawks who has been a major participant in the racially inspired protests of the NFL. I am also studying race relations and the history of racism in a course here at AU this semester, so it has been very rewarding to work on a project that connects the skills I am learning in my film and media arts major with my studies in my anthropology minor.

    I have always wanted to make history, and with my work editing the lighter side of current event news stories and connecting the past civil rights movement with the present in the 1968 exhibit film, my internship at the Newseum has let me live out that dream.

     
  • socdeansintern 1:32 pm on November 13, 2017 Permalink  

    Learning the Ins and Outs at Interface Media Group 

    By Dean’s Intern Olivia Glod at Interface Media Group

    My first few weeks at Interface Media Group allowed me to dive into a whole new set of skills and experiences.

    To start the internship, I was able to meet everyone within the office by shadowing them in all of their different departments. Starting with animation, I was able to create the building blocks of a short project featuring motion graphics by creating the design on Adobe After Effects. Moving forward, I was able to sit in on a few editing sessions to watch promotions be built on Final Cut Pro for feature PBS programs. The next step was to see how crucial audio is for every project and listen to all of the different elements. Some projects held up to thirty layers for a single thirty second clip.

    After spending time with the creative side of IMG, I was able to see how the organization runs its operations. What makes IMG such a special production company is their ability to be completely hands on or hands off according to their clients requests. I was able to see this throughout my time in sales and production meetings where project managers and producers were able to discuss which departments needed to be on board with certain projects. The entire goal for each project is to keep the client happy, which is exceptionally done with experts in each department.

    Moving forward, I’ll be able to assist on shoots within the studios and centralize my focus in one of the departments. The learning process has only just begun.

     
  • socdeansintern 1:29 pm on November 13, 2017 Permalink  

    Putting My Classroom Skills to Work at VOA 

    By Dean’s Intern Emma Sarrantonio at Voice of America

    There are so many great aspects to working at Voice of America that it’s hard to talk about a single experience. But if I had to pick one that really makes me glad to come in to work everyday, it’s getting to meet so many different people with their own unique craft. The majority of VOA’s workers are freelance artists which gives me the opportunity to meet and learn about each individual’s unique way of solving the same problem. Besides the freelancers I’ve also gotten to meet and become great friends with, I’ve met other workers in the many different departments here at VOA like the African News Division, Motion Graphics team and audio tech department.

    Even though I spend most of my days either running around the building or fretting over the small details of this project. I enjoy it so much more than being in a classroom. It’s hard to describe the exultation you feel when you do a good job on an assignment but it’s without a doubt different than wrapping up class projects. What I’m most proud of so far about working for VOA is that I was able to see the skills I gain from school actually matter in the workforce. I’m constantly helping out with technical difficulties within Premiere and I even got to do some of the motion graphic in our documentary. It is an amazing feeling, knowing that my motion graphics skills and name will be featured at film festivals all over the world.

     
  • socdeansintern 4:14 pm on October 20, 2017 Permalink  

    Learning and Laughing at NBC4 

    By Dean’s Intern Ambar Pardilla at NBC4

    From a cake countdown clock (a whiteboard that hangs on the wall near our desks, complete with the number of days since we’ve had cake and illustrations of candles and confetti) to eating pizza after participating in a promotional shoot for the station to scheduling the day’s stories at morning meetings, I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who love what they do and are eager to educate me throughout my internship at NBC4. Although the news can sometimes be distressing or disheartening, my co-workers always find ways to stay sane and make me laugh.

    Sitting at different desks on the two days a week that I’m at my internship has allowed me to get to know my co-workers, with all of them giving me advice for reporting and researching that I’ll take with me beyond NBC4. Sometimes they’ll assign stories for me to write from a reporter’s segment on the 4, 5 or 6 p.m. shows or press releases. I’ve mastered how to cut and caption videos for NBC4’s website, which highlight some of special segments from the station’s shows. I write a story almost everyday that I’m at the internship and editing those stories with the other members of the digital team has been really practical and productive for my own reporting. I’ve written about how D.C. residents have struggled to reach relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Hillary Clinton’s national book tour starting in D.C. and added to another story about adult things to do in D.C. for Halloween—listing more events and editing the article to include 31 things to do, for the 31 days of October (to make it extra “spooky” I told one of my co-workers).

    After talking to one of my supervisors, I’m hoping to expand on some of the stories I’ve worked on in my communication classes and publish them on NBC4’s website, connecting what I’ve learned in class to what I’m doing at my internship. Even though I’m only at NBC4 twice a week, I’ve learned (and laughed!) so much and can’t wait to discover and challenge myself more.

     
  • socdeansintern 10:46 am on October 11, 2017 Permalink  

    Working Hard for The Newseum’s “First Five” 

    By Dean’s Intern Taylor Moore at the Newseum

    I got incredibly lucky with my position at the Newseum. Lata Nott is a brilliant lawyer who currently serves as the Executive Director for the Newseum’s First Amendment Center. After hearing her speak to my graduate program, I was immediately drawn to the work of the program and wanted to get involved.

    I was assigned to be the media assistant for the center, with my work focusing on production for and research for the podcast, “The First Five.” I recently wrapped up my first big assignment working on an episode covering the current state of the media in Turkey. The president of Turkey is very anti-journalism and we hosted two media experts to cover issues surrounding the more than 150 journalists being held in the country and the 2,500 that have lost their job.

    I was given a lot more authority over the episode than I anticipated and it was an incredible experience. I got to edit and rearrange the original interview as well as research for potential additional audio clips that could be added. I was also responsible for writing the show notes for the episode that would come before the podcast on the website.

    My next assignment is the pre-production for an interview with Politico’s editor, Carrie Budoff Brown and to script some ideas for a “stand alone” episode of Lata discussing current events/issues. This experience has been amazing so far and I can’t wait to see what else is to come.

     
  • socdeansintern 4:32 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink  

    Pitching My Own Stories at WUSA9—and Meeting Some Dogs in the Process 

    By Dean’s Intern Chelsea Cirruzzo at WUSA9

    I can’t think of a more ideal Sunday afternoon than one spent surrounded by Corgis. Yes, lovable, fluffy Corgis. This was considered interning? At WUSA9, yes!

    My internship at WUSA9 has been nothing but encouraging of my interests. In the first week, my supervisor told me that I was free to pitch and report my own stories. She showed me how to track trends online using various social tools and told me that if I wanted to write something, all I had to do was ask. I start my mornings at WUSA9 in a pitch meeting where I listen to other writers, social media editors, and reporters discuss the top headlines and trending stories. In those meetings, I’ve been able to speak up and talk about stories I’ve seen trending; as a lover of Facebook events, I got excited when I noticed that there was a Corgi festival event page being circulated. It was taking place that coming weekend at beer garden. As I’d recently become interested in writing about D.C. lifestyle and events, I did a short and fun write-up on the event and posted it to WUSA9’s Facebook and Twitter page.

    The next day, I was surprised when the article was trending on WUSA9’s social pages. One of the digital producers suggested, if the article was so popular, why don’t I go to the event and take pictures? Spend an entire day taking pictures of Corgis? Yes! I got to spend a whole day petting dogs, watching them race, and sitting in on a dog costume contest. Adorable and fun.

    I’m lucky to intern for an organization that fosters my creativity and allows me to take stories and news into my own hands. I can’t wait to see what I get to do next.

     
  • socdeansintern 4:25 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink  

    By Dean’s Intern Meredith Bartley at Voice of America

    At my Dean’s Internship in the documentary and special programming department at VOA, I have been working on a documentary about the terrorist group Boko Haram, produced by senior executive producer Beth Mendelson. I came on during post-production, but I feel as though I’ve seen many different aspects of the filmmaking process. It has been a crazy experience – everything that could possibly go wrong has! But it’s also a masterclass in producing. Beth has juggled half a million things, from contracts to technology to workplace politics to festival submissions. I love following in her footsteps – literally – as we trek across the halls to check on different departments. I like to joke that it’s a bit like “The Devil Wears Prada,” except we’re making a movie, not a magazine!

    One of the coolest things I’ve gotten to do is personally submit a rough cut of the film to the Sundance Film Festival. Next up on my list are Tribeca, Full Frame, South by Southwest, and more. It’s a whole new experience to navigate the festival circuit and handle deadlines, file types, and other requirements. And, of course, we’re still just trying to finish up the film! It has been wonderful be part of such a professional production.

     
  • socdeansintern 4:23 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink  

    By Dean’s Intern Emily Simonsen at CQ Roll Call

    CQ’s Product Innovation Internship is a unique communications experience. In this role, students create, strategize, and implement new consultative services relating to Congress and advocacy.

    My work includes self-directed research, like analyzing markets, competitors and potential clients. One such project entailed investigating point-of-contact individuals for a multiagency product. Another, similar assignment used research to brief my boss on market players.

    The position’s also tapped my creative side. I explored and drafted name suggestions for an upcoming research service. One of the names I proposed was selected to represent this potential offering.

    Beyond these duties, I’ve created collateral for the product innovation process (such as infographics), evaluated research data to decipher trends and presented conclusions through power point presentations.

    Additionally, I attend multi-department gatherings and sit-in on potential client meetings to gain insight on the innovation process.

    My proudest accomplishment to date is my research methodology project. Through this assignment, I created a structure for others to follow when conducting market research. This framework allows the Innovation team to pinpoint and streamline our research.

    CQ has empowered my professional and personal growth by teaching me the value of hard work, time management, and prioritization through allowing me to undertake and accomplish various tasks.

    As CQ continues to align with the Dean’s Internship Program, I have no doubt students will benefit from the varied experience.

     
  • socdeansintern 12:25 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink  

    Tackling Long-Term Stories at NPR 

    By Dean’s Intern Haley Samsel at NPR

    Growing up as the daughter of a high school chemistry teacher, I never imagined I would end up reporting on education — and especially not at NPR, which has already gone above and beyond my expectations.

    The education team thinks of its interns as full-time reporters, and assigns stories that challenge you to do more research, make more calls and talk to as many people as possible. During my first month here, I worked exclusively on a long, thoroughly reported article on the state of standardized testing policy in the U.S. two years after the opt out movement hit its peak. It’s kind of incredible that my editors would trust me to tackle this massive topic in my first story. That tells you a lot about what it’s like to work here.

    There’s other perks to working at NPR, like the free bookshelf (couldn’t resist taking a picture in front of it), free coffee from the cafe downstairs, and the other amazing interns I get to work with. I’m so thankful to be given the opportunity to learn from the best and strengthen my reporting skills as I dig deeper into the same topics I grew up discussing with my mom, a public school teacher in Texas. She is my inspiration to keep pursuing my goals — which, after working at NPR, might lie in education reporting.

     
  • socdeansintern 10:24 am on October 10, 2017 Permalink  

    Hitting the Ground Running at NBC4 

    By Dean’s Intern Lauren Lumpkin at NBC4

    I hit the ground running at my internship with NBC4 Washington this semester. By my second day in the newsroom, I was already writing my own stories.

    NBC, of course, is a really large company. The local station located across the street from campus on Nebraska Ave, NW is split into TV studios, the broadcast team and my home – the digital team.

    My favorite thing I’ve written was an article about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to rescind Obama-era guidelines for investigating campus sexual assaults. I did a lot of my own original reporting by reaching out to eight local schools and asking them if they would keep the Obama standards or adopt new ones. I also interviewed students, sexual assault survivors and a Washington, D.C.-based organization that provides free legal consultation to survivors. My editor liked the article so much that she pitched it to NBC national so that other local stations, like NBC Philadelphia and NBC Los Angeles, can do the same thing with colleges in their areas.

    However, my day-to-day work isn’t always as glamorous. Much of it is cutting videos, scanning the wires for news and writing stories based on press releases. But I love when I’m able to pitch my own ideas and do my own reporting.

    I’m currently working a series about money and millennials that will hopefully get off the ground soon!

     
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