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  • socdeansintern 1:36 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink  

    The Daily Grind 

    DanielBarnesBlogPhotoBy Dean’s Intern Daniel Barnes at NBC4

    Keeping up with the daily news of D.C. can be daunting for a television station, even more so for its website.

    As an intern for NBC Washington’s digital team, I’m responsible for helping with all sorts of content that appears on our website and app. Sometimes I’m writing stories for the website based off TV stories that have already been done and sometimes I’m writing digital only stories. Sometimes I’m pitching stories I want to write and sometimes I’m getting assignments. Sometimes I’m cutting videos from the broadcasts and posting them on our website and sometimes I’m posting AP stories that I find on the wire. Whatever I’m doing on any given day, I know it will be challenging work that makes me utilize every skill I’ve learned in school. (More …)

  • socdeansintern 10:54 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink  

    Learning the Ins and Outs of Digital Distribution 


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    By Dean’s Intern Sarah Liebman at Discovery Communications

    Working in the Digital Distributions & Partnerships department has been an incredibly exciting experience.  I have always been interested in understanding how media companies succeed in getting eyes on their content, both through linear and digital modes of distribution. Working in this department has shed so much light on the topic. My biggest take-away has been: digital distribution is a vital element to the success of content creators and it is crucial to stay ahead of the trends. While there is still so much value in linear television, the trends indicate that the digital distribution market is the direction many demographics are heading.

    Working in the Digital Distributions department has also motivated me to not only keep up with the trends in cord-cutters, cord-shavers, and cord-nevers, but also develop my own opinions, observations, and strategies for a media company in this environment. This experience has greatly increased my breadth of knowledge I have in this field allowing me to think critically as a member of the media industry.
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  • socdeansintern 4:14 pm on March 7, 2017 Permalink  

    Creating Interactive Graphics at USA Today 

    sara-wise-usat By Dean’s Intern Sara Wise at USA Today

    As part of the graphics team at USA Today, I’ve been learning those programming skills that I know will be useful far beyond my career. I’ve helped to consistently update an interactive piece tracking the president’s cabinet as confirmations are made. I’ve contributed my own input to graphics used in national news stories. I provide copy for some of the “snapshots” printed daily and seen in social media posts.

    So far, it seems, my crowning moment has been making a gif. So don’t let anyone tell you that’s not a resume-building skill! The graphic was used in three different stories pertaining to President Trump’s immigration regulations. I was able to contribute something that, I felt, really enhanced the design of a graphic that was then used on at least three different stories across the site.

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  • socdeansintern 10:34 am on March 6, 2017 Permalink  

    Staying Steadfast in Critical Times 

    McLarenBLogPhotoby Dean’s Intern Amanda McLaren at The Washington Post

    My semester as Dean’s Intern for The Washington Post’s Metro desk kicked off on January 20, 2017 — the day of President Trump’s inauguration — and things haven’t slowed down since.  Along the way, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with seasoned reporters, editors and photojournalists while covering a variety of news events.

    • There was the unseasonably warm day in January, shortly after Trump took office, when I was tasked with covering the Greenpeace crane protest.  Though most of the day was spent watching and waiting, I got to do so alongside professional reporters (including one I knew from when I interned at WJLA back in the day!).
    • Then there was the day I got swept up in the “pandamonium” over Bao Bao’s departure, reporting from Dulles as she took off to China on the FedEx “Panda Express.”

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  • socdeansintern 10:57 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Two Dreams Merge Into One at the Newseum 

    By DEmilyMartinPhotoean’s Intern Emily Martin at the Newseum

    One of my dream jobs has always been to work at a museum. As a child, I would marvel at the exhibits in museums and dream to one day be the person behind the scenes, dusting the artifacts, writing the captions and collecting rare pieces of history.

    As I grew up, I began to dream of becoming a journalist dedicated to reporting the truth. As an exhibit development intern at the Newseum, a museum whose mission is “to promote, explain and defend free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition,” my two dreams have come true in one place.

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  • socdeansintern 3:07 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink  

    Reporting on a Wide Range of Topics at Current 

    By DeanDeannaPhoto‘s Intern Deanna Mudry at Current

    It’s an exciting time to be a journalist — especially one working in public media. Although Current is a trade publication, it’s far from technical. I’ve had the chance to cover very newsy topics like the first national database to track hate crimes since the post-election spike and a Vermont Public Radio trip to Jordan that was complicated by the executive travel ban. I’ve also gotten to talk to filmmakers, podcasters and station managers, so there’s a nice mix of hard news and feature stories to work on. Another good thing about my internship is that I’m often given several stories to work on at a time, so I can always switch things up and stay busy. From a small office in Takoma Park, Md., I’m able to cover stories happening in places like Arizona, Illinois and even my hometown. Coordinating interviews across time zones can be a challenge, but are well worth it to gain experience reporting on such a wide range of topics that are all connected by public media.

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  • socdeansintern 2:26 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink  

    Storytelling for the People 

    NesimaPhotoBy Dean’s Intern Nesima Aberra at Vox

    Interning at Vox has restored so much of my hope and faith for the media industry in pursuing stories that matter to people and helping us understand ourselves and the world better. As a Vox intern in the First Person section, I work on finding interesting perspectives to turn into narrative essays as well as interview people for our Conversations page. I had been following the Facebook activity about the Women’s March on Washington from when it was first proposed as an idea. I was curious to see if people would really show up and whether this movement was a significant part of progressive resistance. I asked my editor if anyone would be writing about the Women’s March in our section and when she said that there was a freelancer working on a feature piece, I then asked if I could contribute to that since I’d be attending anyways. Fortunately, she said yes!

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  • socdeansintern 2:23 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink  

    It’s YES at Studio Gannett 

    AntoinettePhotoBy Dean’s Intern Antoinette d’Addario at Studio Gannett

    As the Editorial Intern for Studio Gannett, I’m responsible for creating the second page of a weekly insert we produce called Your Essential Shopper (YES). On this page, I list 15 products in various categories in a section called Great Finds. Putting this page together requires me to be in constant contact with public relations agents for new products and photos.

    In addition to this weekly task, I help create and edit the weekly auto and job pages. I’m currently working on some assignments for the print magazines we put out. I’m creating a two-page spread of apps to feature in our Pet Guide magazine, another two-page piece on museums on the West Coast for our Go Escape: West Coast magazine and a timeline of the Army Corps of Engineers involvement with the Dakota Access Pipeline. These require me to do research on the topics and conduct interviews with qualified experts on the topics.

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  • socdeansintern 2:20 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink  

    Life as a Production Intern 

    NicolettePhotoBy Dean’s Intern Nicolette Fudge at ABC7, WJLA-TV

    Day to day at a television station is exciting and full of opportunities to learn. I am currently interning for Government Matters, a news talk show about the business of government. My experiences working with the producers for the show have been challenging yet rewarding.

    When I arrive at the station, I create a document for the crew about the guests who will be on the show. There are usually 3 guests, all members of the federal community ranging from executives in the government to experts and reporters with first-hand knowledge about issues and initiatives of the federal community. Later, I greet the guests and guide them to our upstairs studio and where we start taping at 10 am. As I sit in the control room, I get to see the crew in action and have a little part in production by helping out with the social media tease that happens toward the end of the show.

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  • socdeansintern 2:15 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink  

    Explaining the News at Vox 

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    By Dean’s Intern Lindsay Maizland at Vox

    I’m not going to lie: working with’s foreign team can be pretty intimidating.

    On the morning of my second day, my editor hosted our team at his home for a meeting focused on setting this year’s goals. The conversations moved seamlessly from my editor talking about his struggles of finding dog sitters while he was reporting for months in the Middle East to the group questioning the value of realism and other big ideas that drive U.S. foreign policy.

    It didn’t take long to realize that the five journalists sitting on couches next to me were, and are, brilliant. Maybe I’m just fangirling, but they have read every relevant book, have connections with all the right experts and people in power, and have written articles that masterfully make sense of this world. I wondered, “How can I offer anything useful to this team? I haven’t read those books. I don’t have many connections. I haven’t written articles like that.”

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