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  • socdeansintern 3:11 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Exploring Public Media at Current.org 

    By Dean’s Intern Ivy Kaplan at Current

    Since stepping into the Current newsroom on day one, I’ve felt more professionally acknowledged and empowered as a journalist than ever before.

    For those who don’t know, Current is a trade publication focusing on public broadcasting throughout the U.S. (think PBS, NPR, etc.) While my lack of knowledge on the ins and outs of public broadcasting intimidated me at first, within the first few weeks of my role as an editorial and reporting intern, I’ve already learned so much.

    Each morning I participate in our newsroom budget meeting where I update editors on my work and am assigned new stories. Since I’m usually assigned to 2 or 3 stories at a time, I always have plenty to work on. After these meetings, the remainder of the days are filled with research, coordinating and conducting phone interviews from all over the country and double-checking AP style books as I write my pieces up. (More …)

     
  • socdeansintern 1:24 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink  

    No more #FakeNews at the Newseum 

    By Dean’s Intern Melany Rochester at the Newseum

    Interning at my favorite museum in Washington D.C. has truly been a dream come true. The Newseum dedicates itself to promoting and informing visitors on the first amendment which is such important work during this day and age. Being able to lend my talents to the Newseum has been some of the most meaningful and rewarding work I have done. Each day brings a new adventure in the world of journalism and free expression.

    In April, the Newseum is hosting its annual Free Expression Awards to honor selected champions of free expression. Before the recipients come up to receive their awards, a brief tribute video plays on the atrium screen. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to research the people receiving the awards this year, and find clips of them to put in the video tributes. One of the groups receiving the award this year are the journalists who uncovered the stories of sexual misconduct. I spend my entire Monday researching clips of Amy Brittain, Irin Carmon, Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard, Mark Alesia, Marisa Kwiatkowski, Tim Evans, Ronan Farrow, and so many more. These journalists are heroes, and they inspire me continually uncover the truth throughout my work in documentary storytelling and filmmaking.  Being able to research these journalists and find clips on the work they have done allowed me to learn more about the issue of sexual misconduct and how they uncovered the stories they. (More …)

     
  • socdeansintern 1:05 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Climbing to New Heights at Voice of America 

    By Dean’s Intern Emily Lytle at Voice of America

    As my fellow interns and I sat at our desks writing headlines and editing video, one of our supervisors announced: “We’re going to the roof today!” I wasn’t completely shocked when he said this because there is always so much going on, and so many different people coming in and out of the Media Lab. But, it was still pretty mind-blowing when one of the camera men came by and, indeed, took us up to the roof of the Voice of America building. We saw the “bubble” that reporters stand in to get a real-life backdrop of the Capitol building – which our supervisor said is the best angle in the city, in all seriousness.

    After taking a very necessary photoshoot in front of this million-dollar shot, we returned to the Media Lab, which is a small office with at a desk for each of the regions we create videos for: Asia, America, Africa and World. Every morning, we arrive and receive an assignment from our supervisor, then we start searching the wire services for the top five headlines in that region. I found this part of my day to be simultaneously the most challenging and rewarding. Not only do you have to prioritize the most important stories, but you must find unrestricted video clips that match those headlines. I’ve learned that journalism, especially when you are producing digital content on deadline, requires confidence and executive decision-making.

    One more thing that I have really enjoyed learning (and had no idea would be a possibility) is on-camera presentation. For our America video, we add a stand-up of an anchor reading the stories. I have had the opportunity to practice this on-camera “talent” role a few times, and I’ve found that I really enjoy it! You can check out one video for which I wrote the headlines, edited the video and anchored here: https://youtu.be/-cUna-GBF3k.

     
  • socdeansintern 12:34 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Innovation Opportunities at CQ Roll Call 

    By Dean’s Intern Emily Simonsen at CQ Roll Call

    After my successful tenure with CQ last semester, I returned, reprising my role as a Product Innovation Intern. The position requires a keen ability to discern trends, compile information, create market analysis reports and pitch innovative ideas to Eric Hammesfahr, VP of Professional Services at CQ Roll Call.   Additionally, I create and design event programs and collaborate with other departments to foster new ideas.

    This semester my responsibilities have expanded. I lead an intern team and delegate project tasks. I’ve also taken the initiative to provide clear concise feedback and encourage leadership development. The intern team has researched and organized customer opportunities, drafted deliverables for outreach and assisted with event management through ad-hoc initiatives.

    However, my favorite part of the CQ internship is the mentorship. As a senior, I’ve met accomplished individuals from different backgrounds. Each person I’ve talked with offers strategic input that guide my professional growth.

    As CQ and the Dean’s Internship Program continue their partnership into the future, I have no doubts that students will continue to learn and grow through the experience.

     
  • socdeansintern 12:28 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink  

    The Real Deal at The Durango Herald 

    By Dean’s Intern Andrew Eversden at The Durango Herald

    My very first day covering the Colorado Congressional delegation for The Durango Herald was the day of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address. I faced an 11 p.m. deadline for the print edition  and my editors had asked for 400 words on the infrastructure portion of the speech. The president then proceeded to give the third-longest State of the Union speech in 50 years, sending me scrambling to meet my deadline. Fortunately, I had prepared a diligent pre-write and I filed my story minutes before my deadline, right as Congressman Scott Tipton called me 30 minutes early for a scheduled interview.

    In my three weeks with The Durango Herald, I have already covered a State of the Union, the immigration debate and health care policy affecting hospitals in rural Colorado. Since I am the only reporter from the paper in Washington, and only one of just two reporters from a Colorado-based newspaper, I have great access to the senators and Rep. Tipton. I also have a lot of freedom in deciding what to cover, which comes with high responsibility since I cover a local area and have to monitor issues out there.

    The opportunity to meet with congressional staffers and professional reporters has also been a beneficial networking experience. Other reporters have taught me a lot about the reporting process and I have learned a lot about the dynamics of the relationship between the press and political staffs. The truth is that this internship is the real deal, reporting about the issues on Capitol Hill during the tumultuous Trump presidency.

     
  • socdeansintern 10:13 am on February 15, 2018 Permalink  

    The Exciting World of Health Care at Weber Shandwick 

    By Dean’s Intern Claire Holmberg at Weber Shandwick

    When I learned that I had been placed on the health care team at Weber Shandwick I was excited, but also knew there would be a learning curve. In the past four weeks, I have learned more about the health care industry than I could have imagined! The largest account that I work on is an association of pharmaceutical companies, an organization that has an strong impact on much of health care policy in the United States.

    So far, I’ve had many exciting experiences working on this account, but there is one that caught me off guard and helped me gain more exposure among my coworkers. Throughout the second week of my internship, a coworker revealed to me that I would be presenting media clips at the bi-weekly health care team meeting (a team of over 20 people!). Although I was nervous to present in front of so many people, I found that the experience was an excellent way to introduce myself to everyone on the team, and gain some confidence in presenting at team meetings. (More …)

     
  • socdeansintern 11:38 am on February 7, 2018 Permalink  

    Once in a Lifetime Experiences at IMG 

    By Dean’s Intern Jamie Young at Interface Media Group

    My time at Interface Media Group has been great so far! I have been shadowing employees in different departments, learning about all of the different aspects of media production and post-production. So far, I have shadowed the graphics department, the audio department, and the Assistant Editors. I have helped with two video shoots, both of which were very exciting! One of the shoots was with one of the producers of an upcoming big-budget feature film and the other was with a US Senator! My internship has started off really well and I have already had once-in-a-lifetime experiences at IMG within only five days of experience there!

    I enjoy hearing about the employee’s stories and watching the company’s amazing videos that include graphics, animation, intricate sound design, and creative editing. It’s very inspiring to see such a wide variety of projects such as PBS Kids promotional videos, National Geographic shows, virtual reality museum exhibits, and political spots. It has been a pleasure to watch creative people in their element, working passionately on their projects.

    I also love the company environment. Because it is a small company, it is like a family. I feel so comfortable asking questions and talking to everyone in each department. Everyone is very willing to teach me whatever I want to know, which is really exciting! I am trying to soak up as much as I can and I can’t wait for the next few months at this awesome company!

     
  • socdeansintern 1:04 pm on February 5, 2018 Permalink  

    #Working4You at NBC Washington 

    By Dean’s Intern Emma Galasso at NBC4 Washington

    Every day when I come into the office, there’s something different. I remember my first day of
    work where I attended the daily 9AM news meeting. I then sat in the control room for the 4PM
    broadcast and recall being so amazed by how fast the reporters turned packages around.
    Interning at this point in the semester is especially exciting because of the buzz around Super Bowl LII and the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. NBC4’s own Eun Yang is in South Korea for the duration of the Olympics and will be reporting for us at the games.

    Being a part of the Consumer Team with Susan Hogan and our two content producers, Patti
    and Meredith, has been such a blast. I’m responsible for following up on NBC4 Responds
    complaints from consumers and researching potential stories. Just last week, the Responds unit
    surpassed $20 million returned to consumers! My first story that I focused on was about using
    activated charcoal to whiten teeth, which premiered right after the Super Bowl! (More …)

     
  • socdeansintern 10:29 am on December 19, 2017 Permalink  

    By Dean’s Intern Shira Stein at The Washington… 

    By Dean’s Intern Shira Stein at The Washington Post

    As a young journalist, I dreamed of the day I would walk into the newsroom of The Washington Post. I religiously read their stories, and when I decided to come to Washington for college, I imagined meeting some of their journalists. I never expected that I would become one before I even turned 21.

    Over the last semester, I’ve gotten to work with the best journalists in the business. In my section alone is the longest-serving reporter in the newsroom, a staff of top-notch editors and a group of amazing journalists. I’ve covered another racist incident on our campus, the Virginia gubernatorial election, a story about STEM education in Washington-area schools and much more. I even got to meet and interview Mary Beth Tinker!

    When you get your dream internship, you think that it can’t possibly be as good as it is in your head, and it isn’t. It’s hard work. It’s staying until 7:30 p.m. because you need to finish edits for your story that will be on the front page of the Metro section the next day. It’s standing outside in freezing weather at 6:30 a.m. to get quotes that you aren’t sure will make it into the story. But it’s also going to an art show of work made by other Post employees and getting coffee with journalists whose stories you religiously read.

    I’m so thrilled to have gotten to spend the last three months at one of the best newspapers in the country. Next semester, I can’t wait to do it all again.

     
  • 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.

     
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