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  • socdeansintern 5:15 pm on April 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Learning About the Power of Storytelling at the Newseum 

    By Dean’s Intern Taylor Moore at the Newseum

    Taylor MooreHaving a year long Dean’s Internship has certainly given me the opportunity to flourish during my grad program at American. The work I was doing for the Newseum in the First Amendment Center was primarily centered around pre and post production, but I was then able to take on my responsibility that gave me experience outside of the classroom that will definitely be essential as I prepare to enter the working world. I was able to write scripts for podcast episodes as well as pitch ideas of my own for topics, guests and ways to restructure the podcast itself to make it a better experience for the listener. The culmination of my internship experience and my work in the classroom has given me more guidance and direction on what I want to do after I graduate.

    I now have a very holistic understanding of the power of storytelling through audio journalism and my interest for this work definitely derives from my Dean’s Internship. I now have confidence in my ideas and how I strategically communicate them because of my work with the Newseum and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how far the skills that I’ve developed through this internship will take me.

  • socdeansintern 5:13 pm on April 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Covering New Ground at The Washington Post 

    By Lauren Lumpkin at The Washington Post

    Lauren LumpkinWhile at The Washington Post this semester, I’ve been able to report a wide range of stories. From affordable housing to crime to a woman who drove her car into the White House, I’ve been able to bounce around the Metro section and get a feel for different parts of the newsroom.

    After a mid-semester realization that I wanted to be an education reporter, I introduced myself to the education editor at The Post. I told him that I wanted to help in any way I can.

    So, you can probably imagine how excited I was when he approached me two weeks ago and asked if I could write the teacher and principal of the year stories. Every year, The Post honors a principal and teacher in the area. The winners receive a cash prize and a feature in The Post.

    One of my interviews started at 6:00 a.m. when I drove to Stafford, Va. to meet Dan Reichard, a fifth-grade teacher who incorporates his musical theater background into his classroom. I met his students and learned about the class’ transformation days, in which Reichard decorates the classroom according to a certain theme. This semester, he transformed the classroom into the set of “Jurassic World” for a lesson on rocks and minerals.

    Paul Pack, The Post’s principal of the year, works at Liberty Elementary school in Loudoun County. He introduced me to his STEM-based approach to running a school, which includes a STEM summer camp and the only SMART technology lab in Loudoun County.

    Both stories were published on the front page of The Post’s metro section. Paul Pack tweeted a photo of some of the students at Liberty reading the stories, which made it all worth it.

    As the semester comes to an end, I’m happy with the work I’ve accomplished at The Post. It was definitely a slow start, but my editor has kept me busy with lots of assignments these past few weeks.


  • socdeansintern 5:09 pm on April 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Converting to Broadcast at WAMU 88.5 

    By Dean’s Intern Kristen Griffith at WAMU

    Kristin Griffith

    Kojo In Your Community
    “No One Feels Safe”: How Gun Violence Affects Local Students
    March 20, 2018

    I entered the WAMU 88.5 newsroom internship not knowing how to work the recorder, edit audio or write for a radio listener.  I’m a journalism graduate student with an investigative specialty – I mostly knew about writing for the eye rather than the ear. But after advice and patience from my editors, I’m ending the semester with more broadcast experience than I expected.

    I underestimated the challenges a radio reporter faces. It’s like shoving a 500-word article into a minute-long audio story. My editors taught me how to choose what the listener wants to hear and how they want to hear it.

    They also taught me how to use my voice on the air. I couldn’t sound like I was reading a script – although that’s exactly what I was doing – I had to sound like I was having a casual conversation.

    What I liked most about the internship is being treated as a colleague rather than an intern. I had the same responsibilities as the other reporters – like reporting, writing and voicing before the deadline later that day.

    It’s hard work, but after I get a chance to breathe, I feel like a stronger journalist.

    I’m grateful for the opportunities WAMU gave me. I interviewed a 109-year-old who hangs out with the Harlem Globetrotters, 12-year-olds interested in STEM and Howard University students who held the longest protest in the school’s history.

    I’m sad the internship is ending but I’m excited to use my experience and new skills in the future.

  • socdeansintern 5:06 pm on April 19, 2018 Permalink
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    Hustle and Bustle at NPR 

    By Dean’s Intern Erin Logan at NPR

    Erin LoganAs the daughter of a teacher, I seriously doubted that I would ever cover education. When I got the chance to intern on the NPR Ed Desk, I was more interested in working for the company over covering the beat. That quickly changed within my first few days there. From the first day, I knew that I wanted to seriously consider covering the area after graduation.

    I get to do a plethora of things as an Ed desk intern. I assist reporters on their stories, like this one which was written in the wake of the Parkland shooting. I also get to pitch, write and report stories like this one which was a peg for the March For Our Lives, the big anti-gun violence protest which occurred in D.C. in March.

    One of the many free perks at NPR is the coffee in the cafe downstairs as well as all the free books publishers send the newsroom. As an intern, I get to attend NPR’s iconic Tiny Desk music session. (I got to meet SA!) The weekly concerts are a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the day.

  • socdeansintern 10:48 am on April 4, 2018 Permalink  

    New Challenges Every Day at USA TODAY 

    By Dean’s Intern Anna Lefkowitz at USA TODAY

    Anna Lefkowitz I intern in the Social Media Visuals department at USA TODAY | Gannett. Basically, that means I make graphics for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – and I also head the @USATODAYHealth Twitter account. (Follow me!) But the specifics of my work change daily.

    For example, this past week I animated a promo video for a podcast. It was basic AfterEffects work – mostly just animated wavelengths and transcription and cutting external video – but I loved it. There’s no greater sense of pride than leaning back after a few hours, rubbing your eyes, and watching your finished product and knowing it’s the best it can be. It was the same sense of pride I got when I wrote, designed, and animated a full-length Olympics-themed Instagram story (and made my entire sorority watch it). And it’s the same sense of pride I get when I start conversations on Twitter.

    I wanted to be a journalist because I knew I didn’t want to do the same thing every day. And at USA TODAY, every single day is unique – I’m always working on a new high-visibility project, whether it is for my social editor or the graphics editor or the podcast editor. Every day, I learn something new about the programs I use. Every day, I get to use my love of graphics and video to focus on something different, and that’s what makes my internship at USA TODAY so cool.

  • socdeansintern 10:41 am on April 4, 2018 Permalink  

    Never a Dull Moment at NBC4 

    By Dean’s Intern Sarah Cammarata at NBC4

    Sarah CammarataWhat are you working on? What can we give you to do? What’s another way to write this quote with more detail? What’s the most important questions you should ask your interviewee? These are the questions I’m asked at my internship with NBC 4. There’s never a dull moment working with the digital team at NBC Washington. I was swept up in the action during the Olympics and I learned how to cover breaking news, as something as horrific as the Parkland shooting last month. Working here three full days a week has challenged me to be a better writer, reporter, interviewer and storyteller every day.

    My experience here is different from others I’ve had in the journalism industry because the team is especially dedicated to teaching and supporting its interns. After setting out goals for the course of the internship, my co-workers help me achieve them and provide me with opportunities in tune with what I’m interested in. I’m always encouraged to bounce around ideas for a new story idea, pitch original content, and every time I leave my internship, I’ve learned something new. By the end of my time here, I will have a vast portfolio of work that I can be proud of, on a range of different topics. Some of my favorite stories I’ve written so far was about “ashes on the go” (you’ll have to read it to understand what that means) and a synchronized swim team in DC.

    I look forward to writing a story about a fellow AU student who is the CEO of a social enterprise called Arzo, which is dedicated to helping merchants in countries ravaged by political turmoil, and a story about low or no cost summer camps in D.C. that offer unique experiences. I am so grateful for the opportunity to thrive at my internship here and this internship has definitely prepared me for the real world before I graduate in May.


  • socdeansintern 10:38 am on April 4, 2018 Permalink  

    The Power of People’s Voices 

    By Dean’s Intern Shira Stein at The Washington Post

    Shira Stein at The Washington PostI’ve always been someone who believes in the power of one person’s voice (or a few people’s voices), and that’s only been reinforced by the reporting I’ve gotten to do in my second semester interning at The Washington Post.

    On my first day back at The Post this semester, I covered a civil rights summit that was the brainchild of a 16-year-old student and her classmates at School Without Walls. The three-day summit had an attendance of around 300 students from D.C. and Maryland and was a space for the students to talk about their rights and what they believed in.

    That summit ended up being a perfect prelude to my biggest assignment of the semester so far: the March for Our Lives.

    The Post had a staff of over 30 writers, both on the streets and in the newsroom, plus countless editors, photojournalists and videMarch for Our Liveso producers covering the event. Not only was it a moving experience to just be there, but I was able to tell the stories of a grandmother of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who just barely missed the shooting, two alumnae of the school who had traveled over 12 hours to support the Parkland students and two former students from Northern Illinois University who had attended the school during its 2008 campus shooting. Some days as a journalist can be exhausting. Maybe your story gets cut, sources don’t call you back or you have no ideas. But then there are days like the March for Our Lives, days where you head home with aching feet, a full notebook and the feeling that you did something important.

    Although my time at The Washington Post is fast coming to a close, I am so grateful I was able to help with this one story.

  • socdeansintern 11:04 am on March 23, 2018 Permalink  

    Coming Full Circle at Discovery 

    By Dean’s Intern Brianna Hall at Discovery Communications

    The time has come, my final rotation in what has been an amazing nine months with Discovery Communications. I started in Consumer Insights and Culture and learned how Discovery takes on the big questions of national sentiment after the election and linear cord-cutting. When I was on the Account Team, I learned the advantage of having an in-house creative agency to deliver world-class marketing campaigns for Discovery’s Gold Rush and TLC’s Unexpected. Now, I’m a jack-of-all-trades intern splitting my time between three teams. I am working with the Global LifeWorks & Inclusion Team, bringing meaningful employee engagement programs, events, and initiatives to all employees in the US! Some of the events include Black History Month celebration, Kids Day, and Autism Awareness Month. I spend the other half of my time with the Corporate Communication team organizing consumer products, trade shows, and managing social media; and with the Global Events team planning one of the company’s favorite CSR initiatives: Say Yes to the Prom. Being a #DiscoveryIntern was a highlight of my college career (not just because I was able to play with puppies – though Puppy Bowl is the happiest I’ve ever been) but because it’s a company that encourages tackling big questions, celebrates creativity, and fosters professional and personal growth. After this year with Discovery, I feel I am now ready to graduate in May and start my career in Public Relations in New York.


  • 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 …)

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