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  • socdeansintern 12:51 pm on October 12, 2018 Permalink  

    So Many Engaging Aspects in Public Affairs 

    By Dean’s Intern Rushad Thomas at Weber Shandwick

    Rushad ThomasWeber Shandwick is a fantastic place to work. Not only do they have free cereal, a gym in the basement, and popsicles in the fridge, but also they don’t consign their interns purely to grunt work. At Weber I have had the opportunity to put so many of the things I’m learning at AU into action in a professional environment.

    One thing that sticks out for me is a press note I wrote a few weeks ago. An unscrupulous scammer used the name of one of Weber’s clients to dupe Louisiana consumers into sharing private information and paying fraudulent fees. The press note was part of a release we penned to share with Louisiana media outlets so that they could warn people about the scam. It was pretty remarkable seeing something I contributed to ending up on the websites of Louisiana media outlets.

    I’ve also been heavily involved with planning for National U.S. Aircraft Carrier Month. Aircraft Carrier Month honors the contributions of naval aircraft carriers to our national security. I composed a pitch letter to naval museums throughout the country that has resulted in a number of exciting partnerships for the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition, the Weber client that sponsors Aircraft Carrier Month.

    That’s just a small sample of the vast array of public affairs work Weber does. One of the most engaging aspects of working for Weber is the diversity of its clientele and capabilities. The firm has in-house creative, digital, social impact, health care, research, and strategic planning teams. Everyone works across teams to provide superior service to clients.

    And there’s no shortage of ways for ambitious interns to plug right in!

  • socdeansintern 6:01 pm on October 9, 2018 Permalink  

    Learning about radio at NPR 

    By Dean’s Intern Courtney Rozen at NPR

    CournteyatNPRIt’s been a great first month as an intern on NPR’s education desk!

    A highlight has been learning how to use NPR’s audio editing software and recording booths. Most of my journalism experience has been web-focused until now (outside of an audio production class I took in undergrad). It’s been great to learn about audio at a company that is a radio powerhouse. I’m looking forward to intern audio bootcamp in November, where I’ll spend a few days learning about recording and editing radio stories with NPR’s staff.

    I’m also working on a long-term project with the desk’s full-time intern on career and technical education. I’m learning how to track bills in state legislatures and create a database of stats about the topic. We hope to turn this research into a few web stories for NPR.org by the end of the semester. This has been a great opportunity to learn new reporting skills.

    The group of interns is also great. They are mostly graduates from schools across the country. It’s been a great getting to know them. I’m looking forward to the rest of the semester and am grateful to SOC for connecting me with NPR.

  • socdeansintern 3:55 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink  

    Trains, Games and the News 

    By Dean’s Intern Jacob Wallace at Summer By Rail

    JacobWallaceTrainDuring my Summer By Rail internship with the Rail Passengers Association, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the country by train, writing about transportation and infrastructure. Along the way, I also attended baseball games to demonstrate the places you could reach by train. Over the course of my trip, I spoke to 40 different public officials in 22 different cities, and was featured in over three dozen news outlets. Perhaps no period better exemplified this trip then the journey between my last two cities, Seattle and Vancouver.

    On my trip, my time was equally divided between conducting research, being interviewed by local media, travelling and attending baseball games. To do all of this, in the span of 36 hours I took the Cascades train from Seattle to Vancouver, slept in my airbnb, woke up and spent the morning publishing backlogged blog posts, took photos of new Transit-Oriented Developments in Vancouver in the afternoon, attended a minor-league baseball game in the evening and then woke up at 4 am the next morning to be back in Seattle in time for the weekend morning show, where I did an on-air interview recapping my trip.

    JWPix2I learned a lot about reporting, especially when it came to setting realistic goals for my level of output over the course of a marathon trip and learning to synthesize interviews I’ve taken on the fly into a coherent blog post. Through the Summer by Rail program, I got to visit so many different parts of the country and talk to people about how it is that they get from place to place. I’m immensely grateful for the opportunities this Dean’s Internship provided me.

    NoMa blog post: http://summerbyrail.com/in-5-years-you-might-not-even-recognize-this-dc-neighborhood/

    Seattle media appearance: https://www.king5.com/video/news/student-visits-19-ballparks-across-america/281-8176345

    Baseball recap: http://summerbyrail.com/game-19-kansas-city-royals-vs-seattle-mariners/


  • socdeansintern 2:12 pm on August 7, 2018 Permalink  

    Diving Deep into Public Media 

    By Dean’s Intern Andrew Eversden at Current

    Andrew Eversden Throughout the summer, I have been writing an enterprise story on public radio in Virginia. When I first embarked on the story, I didn’t realize it would lead me down a rabbit hole of Virginia budgets and deep into my editor’s archived notes from state funding controversies in the early 2000s. It turned into an incredible experience handling and organizing bundles of documents at once, and then using them as a foundation for a story. The experience of writing for a niche publication covering a topic I knew very little about has transformed me into a more resourceful and more diligent reporter.

    My summer working for Current has been an incredible opportunity to explore the world of public media – a world much more complex than I would’ve ever imagined when I grew up listening to my local NPR station in Phoenix. The most challenging of reporting for a trade publication has been the amount of background research necessary to figure out how the industry operates. Fortunately, the editors are very helpful in explaining the intricacies of oversight and funding in public media, and on many occasions directed me toward helpful sources.

    During my internship with Current, I dove into IRS tax forms and audit reports of various public radio stations, and in the process learned how these documents could be the beginning of a story. More than anything, I learned how passionate the #PubMedia world is about the service it provides diverse audiences and communities across the country.

  • socdeansintern 1:07 pm on August 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Understanding the Power of Reporting at NBC4 

    By Dean’s Intern Taameen Mohammad at NBC4

    Taameen Stanley CupI’m nearing the end of my digital internship at NBC4 and I’m really satisfied with what I’m learning here. I’ve had my first story go viral, gotten a photo with the Stanley Cup, took photos at Capital Pride but what has stuck with me the most is when we started reporting on the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, Maryland.

    In the middle of a “normal” news cycle that Thursday afternoon, I heard the assignment manager talking about a tweet from an intern at Capital Gazette requesting help on Twitter. People crowded around the news desk and it was quickly evident we had to drop everything and start reporting. I was cutting stills from the chopper camera to upload on the website while my inbox was flooded with every news alert as the situation developed. Despite the haunting footage of people evacuating and the worrying possibility of casualties, the need to report the story to the public was stronger than the face of violence.

    I can only imagine what it’s like to lose a fellow local journalist, but I know now that I am even more prepared to carry on the legacy of news reporting that the five brave Capital Gazette reports left behind.

  • socdeansintern 11:02 am on July 16, 2018 Permalink  

    Making an Impact at NBC4 

    By Dean’s Intern Cordilia James at NBC4

    Cordilia JamesBeing a digital intern at NBC Washington has been such a phenomenal experience. Working in a converged newsroom has given me the opportunity to shadow news anchors, investigative journalists, reporters and more in addition to working alongside incredible editors on the digital team every day.

    My favorite part of my internship so far is pitching stories to my editors and seeing the impact it has on the community. Recently, I pitched a story about the DC Council, which was considering a bill that would limit street performers from using amplifiers at the time. After watching the bill’s hearing and carefully reviewing legal documents with my supervisor, I wrote a story that was the first in the area to report on the issue. My story ended up reaching over 88,500 people online and was one of the top 5 stories posted to Facebook in the D.C. market that day. One of the on-air reporters even made a package based on my story that aired the following Monday. Seeing how much my work impacts people across platforms via NBC Washington is such a rewarding experience that encourages me to tell more stories that amplify voices that aren’t being heard.

  • socdeansintern 1:02 pm on July 11, 2018 Permalink  

    Covering the Colorado Wildfires at Durango Herald 

    By Dean’s Intern Maria Carrasco at The Durango Herald

    Maria CarrascoThe past month working at the Durango Herald has been a learning and growing experience as a reporter. At the beginning of June, I was flown out to Durango, Colorado to meet the Herald team and see the city.

    And during my visit, a wildfire broke out in Durango and I was put to work for the paper. In the Herald office I dry called local residents and talked to them about their experience with the fire as they were evacuating. Some said they were panicked and others were prepared. The next day, my story ran on the front page of the paper. Talking to the victims of a wildfire in real-time was intense and so important to cover.

    When I came home from Durango I was even more determined to do great work for the Herald. Some of my work consisted of covering an environmental group from Colorado on their lobbying day on the Hill. Other work I did was covering the 2018 Farm Bill in the House and Senate. Right now, I’m working on a more in-depth story on immigration in southwest Colorado. While my time with Durango is half way done, I can’t wait to see what more I can cover during my time.

  • socdeansintern 4:02 pm on July 5, 2018 Permalink  

    On Top of My Game at NBC Sports 

    By Dean’s Intern Scout Pruski at NBC Sports

    Scout PruskiOn my fourth day at NBC Sports Washington this summer, I helped cover the Capitals’ first ever Stanley Cup victory parade. My supervisor, who knows I’m a huge Caps fan, told me I’d be credentialed for the event. After staying in the office until almost two in the morning the previous Thursday to do post-win coverage, I spent four hours in the sun getting familiar with hundreds of thousands of fans, a handful of pro hockey players, and one very shiny trophy. I had the immense privilege to work alongside some fantastic photographers from our outlet changing lenses, grabbing batteries, and running up and down Constitution Avenue.

    I continue to be blown away by the passion and willingness to help that my coworkers have extended me, the respect for my identity, and the flexibility I’ve been given to cover events close to me like Pride through a sports-fan lens. I know it’s cool to humble brag about this internship, but I really can’t wrap my head around how surreal these first few weeks have been, and how grateful I am that the Dean’s Internship program took a chance on me despite my youth. Here’s to wherever else my summer takes me!

    You can see most of my work here.


  • socdeansintern 10:45 am on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Diving in Deep at Interface Media Group 

    By Dean’s Intern Ari Beser at Interface Media Group

    Ari BeserHow are you supposed to write about an internship you’ve had to sign multiple non-disclosure agreements to accept? The answer is, carefully. Interface Media Group, or IMG for short, is a commercial production company. We produce everything from advertisements for TV, radio, and the web, as well as interactive displays and exhibits for live experiences and museums.

    IMG doesn’t pick sides, and works on political spots on both sides of the aisle with their in-house studio. They also edit and review content for air with clients like National Geographic, the Smithsonian Channel, and PBS. A team here recently completed all of the promotion material for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary series The Vietnam War, including a documentary within the documentary, revealing the behind the scenes of the iconic director’s team’s process.

    I was hired for the summer to shadow Jordana Well, Creative Director of Experience Design. Jordana has a finger in pretty much every department here at IMG, and now, so do I. Jordana’s primary role is to create media experiences, which can sometimes include videos– like the one at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, for example.

    In my short time here at IMG, Jordana has thrown me “in the deep end,” as she likes to say. My first day I was informed I would produce an entire video for a client, and I saw it through to the very end, sitting in with the editors and audio technicians to make sure the look and the feel of the video stayed consistent with Jordana’s and my vision. At the same time, I began research and started to conceptualize a game that will be used in a new museum exhibit. Because Jordana’s projects often overlap, I was also asked to associate-produce (AP) a shoot for a national commercial for a medical association, and sat through the entire process of editing, audio design and mixing, and color correcting.

    IMG promised me an atypical internship experience and they have delivered. I do not retrieve coffee or print papers for executives, though I did once order the catering for the entire cast and crew of our commercial shoot. My first day, Jordana remarked that she wanted me on real projects to do real work,  “you are so much more than an intern,” she assured me, “you can handle this.”  Her faith in my ability to accept challenges and take on real projects has been the most rewarding part of the job.

    My NDA is binding about works in progress. However, once we the video is published, we are free to talk about it. To see what I’ve been working on watch the video I helped create for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

  • socdeansintern 3:42 pm on June 27, 2018 Permalink  

    Summer 2018 at the Newseum 

    By Dean’s Intern Tessa Ann Stewart at the Newseum

    Tessa Ann StewartWithin my first few weeks at the Newseum this summer, I helped write and produce my very first exhibit! On the third floor railing, there is a 13-panel exhibit showcasing the works of the Pulitzer Prize editorial cartoon winner. I was given the opportunity to update the exhibit for the 2018 winners, Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan. Their winning piece, “Welcome to the New World,” details the true experiences of a Syrian refugee family as they enter America on Election Day 2016 and adjust to their new lives. This heartbreaking but hopeful story is a captivating read. But it is even more compelling after researching and writing about how the comic series came to life.

    I worked with my bosses, Christy and Patty, to learn the Newseum’s style for exhibit writing and helped to craft the storytelling of this panel. I am so grateful to learn hands-on how to engage with material and create something that is intriguing and educating. The panel went up the week before SCOTUS ruled in favor of Trump’s travel ban, which adds new meaning and urgency to this exhibit. Amidst this project, I have been researching, fact-checking, and copy editing for the upcoming, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement” exhibit opening next year. Through this experience, I have discovered a passion and appreciation for exhibit development as it aims to immerse visitors into a narrative structure that informs and inspires.

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