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  • socdeansintern 2:45 pm on August 22, 2019 Permalink  

    At the Intersection of Journalism and Business Leadership 

    By Dean’s Intern Mia Perry at NPR

    Mia PerryThere are many perks to being an intern at the NPR headquarters; working outside on the fourth floor patio, sitting in the studio while Lakshmi Singh delivers the news with perfect timing, getting #free-food notifications on your NPR Slack channel, and sneaking away from your workspace to see the Tiny Desk concerts. (I saw Ty Dolla $ign and Damian Marley perform, but I missed Lizzo and the Jonas Brothers.)

    Although there are a multitude of other ways to spice up the daily work routine at NPR, my assignments were always interesting on their own. My internship created an almost perfect intersection of my journalism major and business leadership minor.

    My main assignment on the Business Partnership and Strategy team was managing a six-week project that analyzed the profits and losses of the organization’s Digital Media products. This involved scheduling meetings, leading interviews with product owners, delegating project tasks, and designing the best ways of communication between the team that I lead and the teams we needed information from.

    I also had to do a bit of recording and crunching numbers in Excel. Thankfully—through the Emma Bowen Foundation—the Dow Jones News Fund sponsored me as one of 15 fellows to attend a data journalism training in May which refined my skills in the software. I took Professor Tran’s Quantitative Methods for Journalists course last spring which also came in handy during my internship.

    I presented the findings to my team, two of the organization’s Vice Presidents and a financial manager. I felt proud to know that my work would directly impact future business decisions in the Digital Media department.

    Reflecting on my internship, I am most grateful for the opportunities to have meaningful assignments, experience a work-life balance, and make connections. Many of the internships I’ve had in the past have only allowed me one of those. The executives, directors, and editors I networked with at NPR were genuinely friendly and interested in my success. I look forward to their continued mentorship and guest passes to Tiny Desk concerts.


  • socdeansintern 2:33 pm on August 14, 2019 Permalink  

    From Press Briefings to Mass Shootings – My Summer was One to Remember 

    By Dean’s Intern Leanna Faulk at CNN

    Leanna FaulkThis summer, I had the opportunity to intern with CNN at their international headquarters in Atlanta, GA. I worked within the National Desk department alongside a team of domestic news editors where we chased stories, interviewed sources, and assisted reporters on the field.

    My day started at 7 am in our daily meeting in the “War Room” where writers, producers, and editors throughout the Bureau updated the team on everything and anything newsworthy around the country and beyond. This is where I would take notes on all of the stories we were following and also had the opportunity to pitch a few stories I felt CNN should be covering.

    The rest of my day consisted of monitoring developing stories via social media, affiliate reporting, listening in on police scanners and congressional hearings. After I’d gathered all of the facts – I’d prepare a brief editorial synopsis which was then emailed to the entire international news staff across all platforms (this is where reporters and writers get their information).

    I spent a lot of my downtime working with the Digital & Trending team to help write stories for One of my favorite stories that I wrote was about a Georgia couple who died within hours of each other. This sad yet loving story was one of the top-performing stories on all socials that day and earned over 1,000,000 views within the first 48 hours. I even got a shout-out from the President of CNN at our 9 am daily news briefing.

    A few weeks later, only twenty minutes before my shift was about to end, we got a minor alert about a possible mass shooting at a garlic festival in California – with only two people (including myself) working at the news desk. After reaching out to possible victims via Twitter and calling into local businesses in the Gilroy area, my supervisor and I confirmed the shooting and an eight-hour workday quickly turned into 13. Covering the Gilroy shooting, followed by two more mass shootings in the following week, was a heartbreaking but vital task. Though it felt surreal to record history, I would trade anything to make this the last shooting I ever cover.

  • socdeansintern 2:20 pm on August 13, 2019 Permalink  

    On the Fly Editorial Decisions for WAMU’s 1A 

    By Dean’s Intern Orion Donovan-Smith at WAMU

    Orion Donovan-SmithI’m capping off my year in AU’s graduate journalism program with an internship at 1A, a weekday talk radio program produced by WAMU and distributed by NPR. The two-hour show airs on nearly 250 stations across the country and reaches an average of four million listeners a week, with topics ranging from breaking news (typically in the first hour) to arts and culture (usually in the second). The show stands out among NPR’s programming for its heavy use of listener engagement — through voicemails, social media posts, and occasionally live calls.

    For most of the summer, my main role was to edit the 1A podcast, filling in when the regular editor was away. The trouble was I’d never edited audio, much less a podcast. Thankfully, the 1A team has been great to work with and gave me a crash course in the first weeks of the internship, and by the time I took over the podcast I had the basics down.

    Still, it was a real challenge to turn the product around in just a few hours each afternoon. While 1A typically dedicates a full hour to a single topic, the podcast has to be cut down to 35 minutes, based on data on how long a podcast most people are willing to listen to. That means cutting not only elements specific to a live show — calls for listeners to tweet their questions, for instance — but also whole chunks of a conversation. I also had to write extra, podcast-specific tracks for the host to read to make the transformation from live show to podcast as seamless as possible.

    With just a few hours between a show’s airing and the deadline to submit a finished podcast, those on-the-fly editorial decisions I had to make were the toughest part of editing the podcast. After a few weeks in the role, I felt more confident and was thankful for the 1A team giving me that responsibility. I’ve now handed the podcast back over to the regular editor and will spend the last few weeks of the internship focused on producing shows.

  • socdeansintern 11:01 am on August 12, 2019 Permalink  

    Podcasting in Spanish 

    By Dean’s Intern Cindy Choi at NBC4 Washington

    Cindy ChoiI started working as a digital intern for NBC Washington in May after I graduated from the journalism graduate program at American University.

    I was eager to work for the digital team to become a better writer and showcase my digital skill set. My responsibilities were to write and produce stories for online with a focus on video creation. I had opportunities to shoot video and write digital stories for various assignments, like honeybee sustainability and a burger eating contest.

    The most interesting project I worked on was creating a podcast in Spanish for Telemundo 44. Prior to my graduate studies, I’ve worked as the sound engineer for season one of “Felonious Florida,” a true-crime podcast that explores notorious murders in the Sunshine State. My experience led me to help launch the podcast project on MS-13 threats in the District and complete three episodes.

    For two weeks, I gathered reporter’s scripts, collected sound effects and music to recreate the broadcast packages. I learned how sound was different between TV and audio, so the reporter’s re-tracked their script in an audio booth.

    The challenge was understanding the story and adding the right pause in the track for emphasis. Both teams at NBC Washington and Telemundo 44 were helpful and patient as I edited sound. The podcast has not been aired yet, but I hope I did a good job and look forward to hearing the episodes online.

    Thanks to this amazing opportunity, I became a better multimedia journalist with strong content to show on my website.

  • socdeansintern 11:44 am on August 9, 2019 Permalink  

    A Collaborative and Creative Experience at PBS 

    By Dean’s Intern Molly Page at PBS

    Molly PageAfter spending this past summer at PBS Headquarters as their Multi-platform Production and Content Intern, I can confidently say that my skills and knowledge within the film industry have soared far beyond my expectations, and I’ve gained an incredible amount of experience that I am immensely grateful for.

    Almost immediately upon starting at PBS, it became very clear to me that this internship was not your typical internship: there was no such thing as doing busy work, getting coffee for superiors, doing random administrative tasks, etc. Instead, I was given a full plate of producing projects, assisting the head Multi-platform Producers with creating show pages and deliverables, negotiating with streaming services, and producing my own set of programming client shows at PBS with all of the tasks that entailed (including fixing, editing, and/or creating show logos, previews, and extended trailers; writing show copy; uploading episodes to streaming sites after performing thorough QA; communicating with outside production studios and producers, etc.). However, being that PBS is an immensely collaborative and creative environment, my day-to-day tasks were not limited to producing – I also was fortunate enough to work on several other projects, including fully managing and running PBS Arts’ online and social media presence; interviewing filmmakers, editing video assets, and creating promotional material for the 2019 PBS Online Film Festival; working alongside PBS KIDS content creators in the animation and video game design realms; and assisting documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and his PBS team on producing the “Country Music PBS” website for his upcoming film.

    Perhaps the greatest surprise during my time at PBS was our impromptu intern visit to WETA’s station, where we were offered the chance to sit down, ask questions, and talk thoroughly with the head host of PBS’ NewsHour, Judy Woodruff, and international correspondent Nick Schifrin, while also getting to go through a mock-broadcast in the NewsHour studio, in which we learned how the lighting, camera, and broadcast teams all function together for a live news broadcast recording.

    Overall, my time has been absolutely wonderful at PBS, and I wish that I never had to leave!

  • 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.


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