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  • socdeansintern 4:11 pm on August 8, 2019 Permalink  

    The Corporate Side of NPR 

    By Dean’s Intern Britt Jacovich at NPR

    Britt JacovichOn my first day working at NPR, I, along with nearly 80 other star-struck and eager interns, watched Lizzo perform at the Tiny Desk. Typing that sentence felt surreal. Our first day was surreal. This entire internship was surreal. I will never have another first day that tops Lizzo, but, more than that, I am not going to have another internship that tops NPR either. This experience, from pitching out our podcast series Life Kit to reporters, to providing tours to excited public radio fans, has helped me grow both personally and professionally.

    As the Corporate Communications & Media Relations Intern, I connect both internally with the rest of the organization and externally to the press and NPR listeners. This unique opportunity allows me to explore firsthand the different messaging strategies and tactics I have spent the past three years learning in the classroom. Witnessing our studies come to life in the workplace is rewarding in itself, but, for me, nothing beats seeing the excitement in the eyes of NPR super fans when I show them the inside of our studio for the first time. Or, when a lifelong Tiny Desk Concert fan sees, with their own eyes, the souvenirs behind the desk they have watched on their computer screens since 2008. Dog looking out windowThese little moments mean the world to these tour guests, who have traveled from across the country to visit our headquarters. Some listeners have spent their mornings and afternoons with us since they were children and now convince their own kids to carry on the tradition. It is always a pleasure and an honor to meet them – especially when there’s a dog involved.

    Professionally, I have learned so much about the industry, but as I move onto other experiences, I will remember the collaborative and innovative work environment the most. My supervisors and the rest of the department are the most supportive yet challenging group I have ever worked with. They made sure, every day, that I had the tools I needed to help them and myself succeed. As I approach my last day, I know two things: I am so grateful for this opportunity and if you see me on my commute, I can guarantee that Lizzo will be blasting in my ears.

  • socdeansintern 4:37 pm on August 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Educating the World on Press Freedom in Turkey 

    By Dean’s Intern Emma Dion at Voice of America

    Emma DionAs a documentary intern for Voice of America, my primary responsibilities include conducting research, writing project proposals and shadowing the team’s production process. This summer, the documentary unit has been working on a five-part series highlighting the fight for press freedom in Turkey. At the center of this fight are journalists who sacrifice their freedom and safety for the sake of the public’s right to know the truth.

    Most of my day-to-day work is focused on this topic. On one occasion, research brought me to the Library of Congress. I sat in the African and Middle Eastern reading room for hours, scanning through 18th century books and pamphlets in search for illustrations drawn by Theodoros Kasapis, who was a cartoonist from the Ottoman Empire. The books had been compiled and bound by a historian over a century ago. I was astonished by the opportunity to even see the fading, tattered pages, never mind flip through them myself. The craftsmanship on each page was so incredible to see, pictures do no justice.

    EmmaImageOneI had little knowledge about the issues surrounding press freedom in Turkey prior to being hired for this position. Three months later, I’ve come out of this internship with a vast knowledge on the matter. One of the main reasons that I am drawn to journalism is the ability to educate the public on stories that matter. My experience at Voice of America reaffirmed my commitment to this cause. My contribution to the documentary unit will help to educate viewers from all over the world about an issue that is still plaguing Turkey in 2019. The documentary’s relevance rings true today, as the country remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists.

  • socdeansintern 4:32 pm on August 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Documenting Press Freedom at Voice of America 

    By Dean’s Intern Wyatt Redd at VOA

    Wyatt Red

    For the past few months, I have worked as an intern in the Docs and Series Division at VOA. We have been producing a series on the issue of press freedom in Turkey. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience. I have done everything from stockpiling footage to use in the docu-series we are producing to helping with the script writing process.

    It is a small team here, and the work is fast paced. The greatest part of the internship has been learning so much about the subject as I work on it and getting to take part in producing something that will likely have an important impact on people around the world.

    After I finish the internship, I intend to stay on for a few months as a contractor to help see it through to the end. After that, I would love to pursue a career making documentary films. My time here has taught me a lot and been very rewarding.

  • socdeansintern 12:57 pm on August 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Tracking My Progress at APCO Worldwide 

    By Dean’s Intern Aaron Traub at APCO Worldwide

    Aaron TraubTwo Days at APCO: “Welcome to your first day at APCO. Please follow me to the 11th floor conference room for orientation,” a Human Resources employee said to a group of interns sitting in a waiting room. I was very nervous on my first day at APCO Worldwide; this was an internship I have wanted for over two years, so I was eager to start orientation and get working. The interns and I were taken to the 11th floor conference room where they had folders with our names on them and leather notebook covers with the company’s name stitched on the front of the covers. We reviewed the company’s policies and went over training and office protocol then each intern was introduced to their intern coordinators and taken to their desks. By my second day at APCO I was off to work.

    Two Weeks at APCO: Two weeks at APCO Worldwide felt like two months. Work was already piling up.  On my fourth day I was given two research tasks, two biographies on which to work and research for an RFP for a client in Europe. By the beginning of my second week I spoke to APCO employees in the New York and Raleigh offices while doing healthcare research for the APCO employee from Raleigh. I did research for some of APCO’s biggest clients and was thrilled at getting to do research on social media trends and competitors within the field. This not only taught me quick-paced research skills but gave me the ability to understand more about APCO’s clients and how it implements corporate social responsibility, B2B interactions and the type of information employees gather and use from our interactions with clients.

    Two Months at APCO: I have learned a good amount within my two months at APCO. I learned how to draft an RFP, communicate with clients and senior associates over pressing matters, work in a fast-paced environment, the jargon of the office (EOD, EOW, decks), how to pull together news clippings and most importantly how to be a team leader and assist with other tasks. I had the opportunity to work on India clips and global solutions clips and learn about the political, social and economic aspects of India, China, St. Kitts & Nevis and Belgium. What I didn’t realize was that these clips contribute greatly to creating relations with clients.

    Furthermore, a big chunk of what I did at APCO was tracking affiliate requests and potential new affiliates; this has been one of my favorite projects to work on as it allowed me to sit in on meetings and calls with senior consultants in APCO’s New York and Germany offices, learn about the work APCO employees do with clients and how they communicate to create opportunities. Tracking affiliates has also given me new research projects and opportunities to learn more about the work APCO does and how it mixes its work in with its core values.

    I am grateful to be given the opportunity to intern with APCO through the Dean’s Internship program. It has been the highlight of my internship experiences in college and has helped direct my understanding of the work I hope to do after graduation.

  • socdeansintern 11:22 am on August 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Serious News and Serious Fun at the Newseum 

    By Dean’s Intern Julia Wunning-Zimmer at the Newseum

    Julia Wunning-Zimmer at deskI am still in awe that, as an employee, I am able to step into this enormous glass building on Pennsylvania Avenue that I once admired as a visitor. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to work for the Newseum at this location before they close their doors at the end of this year. Although I only just began my internship last week, I have already participated in valuable learning experiences.

    Moreover, immediately after I sat down at my desk on the first day, I wrote the audio script for the Newseum’s newest exhibit, Seriously Funny: From the Desk of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ which allows people of all abilities access to the exhibit. I wrote this by singling out important features of the exhibit after studying its blueprint and script. To help me better understand the Seriously Funny’s layout, my boss and I explored the in-progress exhibit space to allow me to refine my script.

    After I finished this project, I then began sorting through a database of written comments, personal stories and testimonials from a kiosk at our 9/11 Gallery. While sorting, I decided which comments the Newseum should discard, rotate on the kiosk or display on the wall. This experience illuminated how many museum visitors fail to fully read the exhibit, walking away still possessing misconceptions and not knowing hard facts about the 2001 terrorist attack. This fuels my passion for educating the public on the truth through writing, as this lack of knowledge about major historical events means that future journalists must continue to spread facts to promote a more truthful world.

    Overall, I’m incredibly excited for what’s to come with the two months I have left here at the Newseum, and I expect to leave the fourth floor on my final day feeling accomplished and hungry for more work in the field.


  • socdeansintern 10:31 am on August 7, 2019 Permalink  

    From the Senate stakeout Subway to Hallway Walk-and-Talks 

    By Dean’s Intern James Marshall at The Durango Herald

    James Marshall interviews Rep Scott Tipton

    James Marshall, right, interviews Rep. Scott Tipton, who represents the Western Slope of Colorado in Congress.

    I raced into the hallway after a contentious markup in the House Natural Resources Committee. I needed to track down Rep. Joe Neguse, whose enormous Colorado wilderness bill had just been approved by the committee in a vote along party lines. I found the Colorado Democrat walking hastily, as he was late for another vote.

    He agreed to walk and talk after I told him I was with The Durango Herald. I nearly ran out of breath as we descended three flights of stairs and made a pit stop in his office while we talked about public lands in Colorado. By the time we finished the interview I found myself lost in a basement hallway between somewhere between the Capitol and a House office building.

    Part of reporting on Capitol Hill is simply knowing when and where lawmakers are going to be. Whether it’s in the hallway after a committee hearing or at the Senate “stakeout subway” after senators vote on the floor, getting face time with sources can make all the difference in a story.

    The Herald has allowed me to cover different types of stores: from breaking news to enterprise pieces. There was the time a senator from New Mexico’s candid hallway comments about a utility cooperative in Durango led me to taking an in-depth look at the co-op’s less-than-green track record. There was my breaking news coverage of the Bureau of Land Management’s move to Grand Junction, Colorado. And there is the ongoing saga of Colorado wilderness legislation.

    With my remaining time at the Herald, I’ll shift my focus from Congress to the 2020 elections. It’s been a tremendous opportunity to hone my political reporting skills and develop my newer interests such as data and environmental reporting.


  • socdeansintern 10:28 am on August 7, 2019 Permalink  

    A Free Press Matters 

    By Dean’s Intern Grace George at Voice of America

    Grace GeorgeThe slogan at Voice of America is “A Free Press Matters.” My time as a VOA intern showed me the meaning of this phrase, and the organization’s commitment to it.

    As an intern in the documentary unit at VOA I conduct research for a project on press freedom in Turkey, a country where holding the government accountable can land you prison time. I help my supervisors learn more about the history of press freedom in Turkey, I pull video from AP, AFP, and Reuters for the project, and I help with research for future projects. Not only has this opportunity allowed me to witness the work of seasoned journalists while sharpening my own skills, but it has also furthered my passion and understanding for the importance of a free press.

    This internship has widened my range of interests and introduced me to a new medium. Working with documentary is an amazing challenge that every journalism student should experience. It requires a strength of knowledge on your topic and the perseverance to find any and every way to work out your story.

    With only a few weeks left at VOA, I’m going to miss witnessing the inner workings of a successful and committed news organization every time I step into this building. Its halls are plastered with the organization’s rich history and swimming with over 40 languages. Just walking through them can make anyone want to be a part of the work they do here.

  • socdeansintern 3:36 pm on May 3, 2019 Permalink  

    A Whirlwind of Deadlines and Tunnels on the Hill 

    By Dean’s Intern Liz Weber at the Durango Herald

    Liz WeberI shifted my weight, trying to ease the blisters forming against my brand new flats. The glare of camera lights and the barely-contained energy of a press line only served to highlight my discomfort. It was my third week as the Colorado congressional reporter for The Durango Herald. And I was covering the State of the Union.

    I had 30 minutes until my deadline. Two more interviews to conduct and I, along with a few dozen of the country’s top reporters, were waiting for the senators and representatives to exit the hall. And I couldn’t quite shake the fear that I forgot what the Colorado senator looked like.

    Until there he was, rounding the corner with his communications director behind him. I stepped forward. He agreed to a brief walk-and-talk interview as we weaved through the crowd of other reporters.

    My time as a Dean’s Intern for the small newspaper felt like this a lot of the time. A whirlwind of tight deadlines and getting lost in the maze of hallways and tunnels. The highs of learning on the fly and pressing through the uncertainty to secure the needed-interview. The honor of being one of the only reporters on the Hill representing the concerns of southwest Colorado.

    There were stories of lost funding during the government shutdown, analyzing environmental voting records for a reelection campaign, a retrospective on a governor’s first month in office and the possibility of a 2020 presidential bid in the face of a cancer diagnosis.

    With only a few more weeks left, I still get lost in the maze of connected tunnels beneath the Capitol. But I’ve tossed out the uncomfortable flats in favor of an old pair of boots. I can do a walk-and-talk interview with the best of them now.

  • socdeansintern 10:39 am on April 30, 2019 Permalink  

    Delivering Africa’s News at Voice of America 

    By Dean’s Intern Taameen Mohammad at Voice of America

    Taameen in group shot at VOAHow do you convey news from Washington, D.C. to a continent of over 1.2 billion people? I can say it takes a lot more than throwing a white British man to a safari. Since January, I’ve gotten a hands-on approach on what happens behind the scenes of Voice of America’s English TV to Africa department. As an intern, I’ve worked with a lot of talented producers and reporters in charge of different broadcast programs from talk shows to news shows covering all of the continent. I usually start the day working on the daily news show Africa 54 which covers all the current events and trends. I’ll run teleprompter, cut b-roll, hand scripts, and I’ve even made my own packages that have aired on the show. When Africa 54 has wrapped up, my co-interns and I will cut the segments and post on Youtube. We’ll quickly get ready for the talk shows like Straight Talk Africa, which has over 1 million Facebook followers. Straight Talk Africa is a political talk show that gathers reporters from across Africa and analysts who share their insights on what’s emerging from the continent. My work behind the scenes includes gathering social media comments, cutting segments from the show, escorting guests down to Straight Talk Africa, and running teleprompter. Though the responsibilities never leave you bored, the opportunity to explore the nuances of African issues is such an important one I’ve taken advantage of.

    What this internship has really driven home for me is that no country or continent is ever inseparable from its past. This was especially true for my package on an event in IA & A at Hillyear in downtown D.C. where they hosted two South African female poets and two D.C. area female poets. The event was to commemorate South Africa’s Freedom Day, the day black South Africans were granted the right to vote in post-Apartheid elections. These South African poets were not only part of the youth, but part of the born free generation born after Apartheid. Hearing how their lives as youth have been shaped by the past and have influenced their expectations of a free world was incredibly insightful to how South Africa lives post-Apartheid. My internship at English TV to Africa in VOA really gave me an inside look at broadcast journalism and foreign correspondence, reaffirming my commitment to both fields.

  • socdeansintern 11:39 am on April 29, 2019 Permalink  

    Creating Commercials for NBC 

    By Dean’s Intern Melany Rochester at NBC4

    Melany RochesterInterning at NBC4 has been an incredible opportunity. Not only have I gotten to learn about the ins and outs of local and national news, but I have also been able to create promotional and marketing content for the seventh largest TV market with a reach of about 4.9 million people. Throughout the internship, I have learned a great deal about Nielsen ratings and how to measure the success and engagement of local and national news channel. Working for the incredible and award-winning NBCUniversal brand has been a dream come true, and has opened doors for my future career.

    While I do a variety of work at NBC4, one of my favorite aspects of the internship is the fact that I am just treated as another member for the Promotions and Marketing Team rather than just an intern. I have been asked to lead projects and have been able to pitch ideas for promotion and marketing strategies. One of my biggest responsibilities is managing the promotion closet and swap for NBC4 events and visitors. I have also been able to work extensively with two brands, NBC4 and Telemundo, and have been able to learn about the benefits and challenges that come with dual branding.

    Some of my favorite days at NBC4 are the days I get to work on commercial or promotional shoots. Since I am in the office 3 out of 5 days a week, I have been able to serve as a Production Assistant for almost all of the major shoots that have happened during the past four months at NBC4 and Telemundo 44. In Early March, we have a really important, all-day weather promotional shoot for both commercial spots, video promotion, and photo advertisements. We start prepping for the shoot three weeks in advance and tried several different lighting techniques and test shots before the actual day. On the day of the shoot, I served as the Script Supervisor for the shoot and logged all the shots and managed the talent. It was an amazing learning opportunity, and taught me how to properly light and set-up a commercial and
    promotional shoot.

    I also have been able to take part in field commercial shoots all around DC. For Black History Month and for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I assisted one of the video producers in creating commercials for Donate Life, the organ donation nonprofit in D.C. We traveled downtown to film in front of the monuments and even got to film during the Cherry Blossom Festival. With Telemundo, I was able to follow two producers to Silver Spring to serve as a Production Assistant for a commercial shoot with an attorney.

    This internship has been an amazing experience and I have been able to learn so much about the news industry, television ratings, and the importance of good promotion and marketing. Being able to work at an amazing company like NBC has been the job of a lifetime, and I am so glad have gotten this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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