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  • 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.

  • socdeansintern 10:55 am on June 25, 2018 Permalink  

    Tax News and Analysis at Bloomberg BNA 

    By Dean’s Intern Courtney Rozen at Bloomberg BNA

    Courtney RozenIt’s been an honor to serve as a Dean’s Intern at Bloomberg BNA.

    I work on the accounting team (while helping out on the tax desk). I report and write stories for Bloomberg Tax, a platform that provides news and analysis for tax professionals. I enjoy working on these teams because they’re challenging me to write both quick hits and deeply reported stories. There’s also quite a few AU alums across the company and I’ve enjoyed meeting them.

    This week, I wrote about how the new tax law is affecting nonprofits. An editor on the tax team taught me about the topic and helped me shape the story. It ran in Daily Tax Report, which is one of Bloomberg Tax’s publications.

    Another highlight has been learning from reporters and editors on the tax team. For example, my supervisor is helping me learn about the accounting beat and sharpen my writing skills. They also pair each intern with a mentor reporter. Last week, I shadowed my mentor on Capitol Hill and learned about covering Congress.

    The group of interns at BNA is also great. They are from schools across the country and none of them go to school in D.C. It’s been a great getting to know them and show them my home in the district. I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer.


  • socdeansintern 3:29 pm on June 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Working the beat at NPR 

    By Dean’s Intern Alexis Arnold at NPR

    Alexis ArnoldAfter a few weeks at my internship on the NPR education desk, I’ve gotten a good feel for what it takes to work at a major news organization. The best part is the people I work with. Elissa Nadworthy and the rest of the Ed Desk team have been so helpful in teaching me everything from how to post stories to recoding tape. Even other desk in the office will let me sit in on their meetings and taping sessions. The other interns I work with are a lot of fun, as well. We have a great time both on and off the clock.

    Between making phone interviews and running the NPR Ed Facebook page I still make time to attend the Tiny Desk Concerts. Every week the Music Desk brings in an artist in to record their performance and the whole office is invited to watch! I love getting to see some of my favorites and discovering awesome new artists too!

    NPR Has been an awesome experience so far and I can’t wait to see what else I will learn. Meanwhile check out my very first byline! (Shared with the other education intern.)

    Check out my first byline:


  • 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.

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