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  • alexbeall 4:37 pm on March 19, 2014 Permalink  

    A Crime Fighting Contributor at USA Today 

    Dean’s Intern Alex Beall at USA Today

    Finally, after two months of researching and hours spent in the clerk’s office at the D.C. Superior Court, there’s something to show for it.

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    Here I am making cold calls at my desk for the new project I’ve been assigned to.

    For the first half of my internship, I worked on a project with USA Today investigative reporter Brad Heath exploring the extradition system, the process through which fugitives are transported back to the state in which they are wanted.  While the project, Fugitives Next Door, features a variety of different angles, anecdotes and media, I worked primarily on the section about murders committed in D.C. by wanted criminals.

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  • alexbeall 1:00 pm on January 15, 2014 Permalink  

    Walking into USA Today HQ: that nerve-wracking first day 

    Dean’s Intern Alex Beall at USA TODAY.

    This morning, January 13, 2014, I journeyed down to Tyson’s Corner, Va. to brave my first day of interning for the investigative team at USA Today. While I have interned in newsrooms before, none of those previous organizations rivaled the scope and size of the news organization I was about to join.

    As a second semester senior, I was determined to hold an internship position to finish off my college career and began applying to any editorial-related internship I could find, regardless of whether I thought I was qualified. USA Today was one I did not hold much hope for, but (More …)

     
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