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  • socdeansintern 3:52 pm on March 25, 2019 Permalink  

    On the Job Learning at Voice of America 

    By Dean’s Intern Sarah Joyner at Voice of America

    Sarah JoynerTypically, a day at Voice of America is spent researching upcoming projects. Right now, as we are preparing to film a docu-series about press freedom in Turkey, our time has revolved around finding potential interview subjects, budgeting for the upcoming trip, and figuring out how to send footage back to the office, where my job will be to file and transcribe it.

    We are also currently in the process of filming a short about a Parkland survivor, whom I personally had the opportunity to meet and film at an event in DC. This project has less of a script than previous films so I have been able to help form the story as we film it by finding people to interview, picking out sound bytes, and helping our executive director figure out the path that this video should take.

    When a project is in the editing phase, the other interns and I get to sit in on screenings and weigh in on editing decisions. With our last project, a profile of a Parkland parent, the video went through multiple versions and changes and it was interesting to see every iteration of the video before its final version and its release.

    Overall, I love my internship and the opportunities that it has given me. I’m learning more and more about this industry and I’m excited to see where it takes me!

  • socdeansintern 3:47 pm on March 25, 2019 Permalink  

    No two days are alike on the job at IMG 

    By Dean’s Intern Mary McMillan at Interface Media Group

    Mary McMillanAs a Dean’s Intern with Interface Media Group, I have had the privilege of shadowing seasoned professionals in all aspects of development, production, and post production. There are very few companies in Washington, D.C. where you can spend Monday learning from an Academy Award winning sound designer, Tuesday learning to edit professional graphics work for clients, and  Wednesday writing and producing your own video for the company. No two days at IMG have been the same. Each person has taken time to teach me about their specialty, and I look forward to coming to work in the morning. This has been one of my favorite parts about working here. Last week, I wrote and shot a promotional video for IMG using a fully equipped studio and enthusiastic IMG staff members. In the coming weeks, I will edit this video and create two more like it for a series. Yet, I would have to say the best part of my experience is seeing what a positive work environment can look like. My coworkers collaborate on a daily basis (even with me), and seem truly happy to be here. I could go on and on. In short, this has been a fantastic experience.

  • socdeansintern 1:32 pm on March 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Keeping it Real at Voice of America 

    By Dean’s Intern Lizzie Decker at Voice of America

    DeckerPhoto1One of the funniest moments I have had while interning at Voice of America was sitting in on an interview with gun advocate Michael Hammond. At Voice of America, we were producing a documentary series about the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida shooting and we needed a pro-gun voice. We found Michael Hammond, who was a leader of the Gun Owners of America organization, pretty much the second tier gun advocacy group to the NRA. The interview started off strange to say the least. Before we start an interview, we also ask the subject to state and spell his or her name so we can be sure their name is correct when we transcribe the interview. He refused to give his name and his reasoning was that Borat always asks his subjects for their name and he didn’t want to end up on Borat. My boss, Beth Mendelson, says in all of her years of filmmaking, she had never had any object to stating their name for the camera, let alone be paranoid they were going to end up in a Sacha Baron Cohen piece. The rest of the interview was equally as odd, but it was definitely the weirdest, most off putting way to start off an interview. By far, one of the funniest moments I’ve had so far during this internship.

  • socdeansintern 12:31 pm on March 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Telling the Stories of Public Media at Current 

    By Dean’s Intern Savanna Strott at Current

    Savanna StrottI have been the editorial intern at Current for almost 3 months now. Current is a national trade publication for people working in public media. When I get a new assignment or I pitch a new story to my editors, I have to think about what the people in public media would want to know about this topic. This has been challenging but has taught me to think critically about my audience, which will carry over to any publication I work for.

    My favorite thing about working at Current is the responsibility I have in creating my own schedule. The only daily task is the morning huddle where the team updates each other on where our stories are at and what we plan to do that day. After that, it’s up to me to schedule what I need to do. Sometimes it’s interviewing, sometimes it’s researching my topic, sometimes it’s writing my story, and sometimes it’s looking through and applying edits. I have to be self-motivated and decide what I need to do for my stories.

    Throughout this experience, my editors have given me great direction and feedback that has improved my reporting and writing. I can already see a big difference in my first story to now. I’ve written about an upcoming environmental radio show in Indiana, a campaign to increase public-affairs programming in Massachusetts, and a project that seeks to document the history of my hometown of Las Vegas. I’m currently working on several projects, and I’m excited to continue telling the stories of public media for the rest of the semester.



  • socdeansintern 3:54 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Combining Two Passions at the Smithsonian 

    By Dean’s Intern Grace Goulding at the Smithsonian Office of International Relations

    Grace Goulding This semester, I have had the pleasure of interning at the Smithsonian Office of International Relations. This internship is a perfect combination of my two passions – communications and international studies.

    I start each day on the National Mall, where after taking my daily photo of the Washington Monument, I descend a Hogwarts-like winding staircase down to the basement of the Smithsonian Institution, under the Smithsonian Castle.

    On the job, I support OIR in its day-to-day communications work, including projects such as assisting with general communications strategy, analytics, global Web content updates and social media activities. Working in this office has opened my eyes to the global scope of the Smithsonian Institution, and furthered my passion for international projects and development.

    Some of the highlights of this internship have been eating lunch in the gardens, exploring the depths of the Smithsonian, attending Smithsonian events across a variety of museums and research units, and working in an office with such inspiring globally-minded individuals. I am extremely grateful for this internship opportunity and I’m eager to use the skills and insights that I gained at the Smithsonian in the future!

  • socdeansintern 3:38 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Ins and Outs of the Newseum 

    By Dean’s Intern Sunshine Yang at the Newseum

    Sunshine YangThe first thing I learned was that the Newseum was a maze. I quickly had to learn which elevators took you where and how to get back to the editing suite if you forgot to bring your keycard with you, even if you just went to grab another cup of coffee. The second thing I learned was that this beautiful glass building was entirely filled with precious artifacts, and I was among only a few who had access to them.

    I was lucky enough to be given access to one of the closed off rooms deep inside the Newseum with our Sony a7iii and take some b-roll of Samantha Bee’s pantsuit. It was amazing to watch the Collections Department take note of every delicate detail they could find about it… the texture of the material, if there were any stains upon arrival, how many buttons there were on each sleeve -take note, one button was loose.

    To get the camera shots I wanted, I performed a variety of poses one might see in the gym. This included raising my arms above my head and angling my body on my tiptoes to get an upper wide shot, climbing on a ladder and leaning over the pantsuit with my camera tightly screwed to a monopod as everyone worked under me… and doing squats over and over again as I try to capture the best shot of a tilt up to the pantsuit and panning to Kelly, director of Collections at the Newseum, and her intern.

    Aside from playing with camera, lighting and sound equipment on the second and fourth floor, one can find me on the third floor, closed away from the noise of downtown DC and the direct sunlight streaming through Newseum’s glass windows. Away from the distractions of the outside world, I typically find myself in a soundproof editing suite with my eyes darting back and forth between two monitors as I stitch together videos for our “Lighter Side of News” exhibition -which changes every other week- and short sixty second promos for our upcoming exhibition, “Stonewall,” the biggest project my director is currently working on.

    The first Stonewall promo I weaved together was a piece from our interview with Cynthia Nixon. Working with the foundation of a storyline from such a well-known figure was refreshing and the creative process in shifting through our endless library of audio tracks was the most difficult, as there were so many options to choose from. Ironically enough, while this process was challenging, it was also the most fun for me. The best feeling about spending most of my time in our editing suites is being able to see my work posted on the Newseum’s social media and sharing it with my family and friends.

    I’ll keep you all updated with our next few upcoming projects and let’s hope I figure out which elevators I should be taking by then.


  • socdeansintern 3:30 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    “This is Leanna Faulk reporting live for CBS News” 

    By Dean’s Intern Leanna Faulk at CBS News

    Leanna FaulkI am currently interning with CBS News within the CBSN department. CBSN is the 24-hour digital streaming network for the CBS News Station. Alongside my two supervisors, we handle all of the booking and guest requests for D.C. and New York Bureaus.

    Every morning, it is my responsibility to be up-to-date with all guests coming into the bureau for that day. When guests do arrive, I am their main point of contact from the moment they enter the studio to the second their hit has aired. If I am even one minute behind schedule, it can impact the way a segment is aired across the country. I’ve had to privilege of meeting a number of influential people in D.C. area including Editor-in-Chief of The Hill, Bob Cusack, DC Bureau Chief of VICE News, Shawna Thomas, and even the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.

    I had not really imagined myself working as a political journalist but interning with CBS News has really opened my eyes to the possibility. The producers at CBS are very hands-on but they also give me a lot of space and opportunity to work on projects that interest me.

    Once a week, I assist with the production of Major Garrett’s podcast, “The Takeout.” On my first day, I had the pleasure of meeting 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang. Sundays are my favorite day to be in the studio because I get the chance to help with “Face the Nation.” Seeing all that happens behind-the-scenes of one the longest-running news program on the air is an unimaginable experience for an aspiring journalist.

    My favorite day interning with CBS was when I spent my day working on Capitol Hill the day before the Michael Cohen testimony. It was on the Hill that I learned the ins and outs of working as a producer and on-air reporter for a television news broadcast. I was given the opportunity to stakeout Congressman Matt Gaetz and question him on a series of threatening tweets against Cohen live on-air. The clip of me asking him a question was repurposed on multiple networks including NBC, ABC, and a Local NY station.

    It’s been an overall great experience working with CBS News and CBSN. I’m excited to see what the rest of the semester has to offer me.

  • socdeansintern 3:27 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Learning the Inner Workings of NBC Sports 

    By Dean’s Intern Kimberly Cataudella at NBC Sports

    Kimberly CataudellaI am grateful for the real-world newsroom experience I am gaining with my spring internship with NBC Sports Washington. While we have systems in place that organize our daily tasks and give us an idea of what we will be working on when we come into the office, schedules can – of course – quickly change as news happens. My favorite days in the newsroom are the days when I have so many posts to publish, photos to edit and blogs to write that I can barely squeeze in a moment to run to the fridge and bring my lunch to my desk!

    I’ve loved being able to spend some time in the control room to learn the inner-workings of creating NBC’s shows and putting together all of the organization’s television channels. Though the majority of my time is spent in the newsroom, I cherish the times I get experience elsewhere. I’ve had some conversations about podcast production too, which showed me yet another aspect of the organization.

    Overall, my spring internship with NBC Sports Washington is showing me the many sides of digital media, and I am thankful for the knowledge I am getting every day!


  • socdeansintern 3:23 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Honoring Journalists Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice 

    By Dean’s Intern Ariana Duford at the Newseum

    Ariana DufordOn the third floor of the Newseum stands a two-story glass panel. Inscribed are the names of 2,323 journalists that have lost their lives during their pursuit of truth. Every year the Newseum recognizes those reporters lost, usually to unthinkable violence, in the previous year.

    As the exhibit development intern, I have written labels for artifacts including the remnants of the USS Maine. I have written the biographies for this year’s Freedom of Expression Award honorees such as Director Ava DuVernay and Me Too creator Tarana Burke. I have even sat in on meetings with designers for the museum’s upcoming exhibits and watched as these stories come to life. But nothing has moved me more in these few short weeks than working to preserve the legacy of this year’s fallen journalists.

    In my task to ensure the journalists killed in 2018 are celebrated in the manner they deserve, I have spoken to their friends and representatives as well as read the bodies of work that got many of them killed. Reporters are the first line of defense against tyranny. So, their unwavering commitment to their journalistic obligations, left me in awe and I would not have had this humbling experience without my internship with the Newseum.

  • socdeansintern 12:11 pm on November 29, 2018 Permalink  

    A Learning Experience Like No Other 

    By Dean’s Intern Emma Galasso at CBS News

    Emma GalassoI’m currently interning at CBS News in the CBSN department. CBSN is the 24-hour news streaming service for CBS News. It’s just me and my two supervisors here in the DC Bureau that make up our team–the rest of our operation is based in New York.

    Day to day, I work to book guests for politics update segments for the 1 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm blocks. I also book their cars, greet them when they get here, and coordinate with producers on topics and questions.

    Now, I’ve known for a long time that I don’t necessarily want my work to be just politics in the journalism field, however learning the process of booking for news commentary has been extremely valuable.

    My favorite part of working at the DC Bureau are the days when our team gets to film “The Takeout with Major Garrett,” a podcast started by the CBS News Chief White House Correspondent that brings change makers into conversation at a local DC restaurant.

    I typically run the camera work for these podcasts, then edit SOTs and log the show when I get back to the bureau. I also help build out the rundown for the show and search for SOTs to use within the show itself. My most memorable shoot? It was my second day at work, and Neil deGrasse Tyson joined us at Tupelo Honey in Arlington.

    I also had the opportunity to work one day out of the Broadcast Center in New York City, CBS’s main hub for all things on the network. In my day to day job, I work with a lot of people out of the NY office, so putting names to faces was very enjoyable. Seeing the sets of CBSN, CBS This Morning, etc. was a rush of fresh energy.

    CBSN has been incredibly exciting and covering national news has been a learning experience like no other.

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