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  • socdeansintern 11:00 am on September 2, 2021 Permalink  

    All Hands on Deck at NBC4 

    By Dean’s Intern Sophia Solano at NBC4

    Sophia SolanoThis summer, I’ve had the privilege of interning with the NBC4 Washington digital team. I’ve wanted to be a reporter for as long as I can remember, but this internship has shown me just how many other important, fast-paced, and fun jobs there are all across the newsroom — and on the digital team, I got to do a bit of everything.

    On any given day, I’ll sit down at my desk and watch the hours fly by as I pitch and report original stories about the unique going-ons in our flourishing city. As soon as the afternoon news shows start airing, it’s all hands on deck; whether its clipping news stories into videos to put on the website, recording breaking news, or rewriting reporter’s stories to flow in a digital format, knowing I’m contributing essential information to the DMV community is always gratifying.

    When they’re able to step away from the hustle and bustle of the TV newsroom, the staff is kind enough to spend time talking with us interns about their careers. I’ve gotten to know some of the most incredible people, including producers, reporters, and members of the investigative team. They’ve shown me that each role is essential to a functioning newsroom — and just how important and fulfilling these roles can be. It’s so exciting to see all the different paths open to young reporters.

    Though my time at News4 is nearing its end, the skills and relationships I’ve developed this summer have been essential to my growth as a journalist. I’ve learned that local news is critical to build an informed and connected community, and I’m eager to continue my career in local journalism!

  • socdeansintern 10:56 am on September 2, 2021 Permalink  

    Traversing the Inevitable Bumps in the Road 

    By Dean’s Intern Katy Grossman at Voice of America

    Katy GrossmanMy internship with Voice of America’s documentary department began during a transitional period: the Senior Executive Producer with whom I am working released her most recent film earlier this year, and much of our time in the beginning of the Summer was spent brainstorming documentary ideas and holding informational interviews with possible subjects. Some of those interviews went more smoothly than others; this is a story about the latter.

    As a government agency, some of VOA’s programming is inspired by the current administration’s focus and pet projects. In this case, we were asked to look into possible documentaries about climate change and specifically climate refugees, using a character-driven approach that would use an activist as the main focal point for the piece. Through our research, we discovered an activist that we thought could be interesting: a Chinese teenager who had been arrested and kicked out of school for her protests outside her local municipal building. We learned that she was currently in Berlin, which would make her much easier to film than if she were in China, and set out to try and talk to her.

    I sent her a private message through Twitter, and we exchanged numbers on an encrypted messaging app. This is where everything went downhill. Keep in mind that she is six hours ahead of us.


    Me: Hi, this is Katy Grossman – I sent you a message on Twitter about a potential climate change documentary. Would you be available for a call today?


    Her: Yes, is it possible to have a call with you tomorrow at 1:30pm GMT+2?

    Note – the time she offered at 9pm would be 7:30am EST the next morning. My boss was not inclined to accept.


    Me: Would you be able to do 4pm your time? Otherwise, we could potentially do 1:30/2 on a different day.

    The only response I received was a thumbs down reaction an hour later. Is this normal Zoomer communication or something more? As a 30-year-old, I wasn’t sure.

    So began several weeks of phone tag across the Atlantic. We did eventually manage to get her on the phone at a more reasonable time, although she showed up for the 8am phone call at 9:00. After talking for some time and sending her more information about our project, we planned another call for the following day. Unfortunately, we never got her on the phone again. After another week and a half of planning a call and then getting no answer, we decided to pivot our focus to other projects with more responsive people.

  • socdeansintern 1:02 pm on August 19, 2021 Permalink  

    From Main Street to Wall Street: My Time at the Fox Business Network 

    By Dean’s Intern Olivia Tinari at Fox Business Network

    Olivia TinariThis summer, I was honored to work as an Assignment Desk College Associate (Intern) with the Fox Business Network. The Fox Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street.

    Over the course of the internship, I have had the opportunity to dive deep into the business broadcast industry and gain practical experience while interning for one of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world. Notably, I was able to participate in real-world projects. This allowed me to gain valuable work experience and attain new leadership skills. With the internship being remote, I was able to work with both the New York and Washington DC Bureaus to observe all of the moving parts behind the network. As a business minor, I was also able to bring the business knowledge that I have learned at American University to work on eventual aired topics and programming. I actually pitched and wrote some captivating news stories on a variety of business topics. On the production side, I was able to cut, edit, and plug-in video elements in the iNews rundown using Dalet. I assisted reporters, producers and editors on news and editorial decisions. The most interesting part of the program was being able to shadow different editors, producers and reporters on assignment. This gave me the best vision of what it is really like to work at a major news agency.

    Importantly, I eventually understood that the assignment desk is the center of the newsroom, always carrying the weight of the remainder of the agency “on its shoulders.” The assignment editors are the individuals responsible for finding and organizing the news of the day, while always staying on top of breaking stories while anticipating the ever changing story lines.

    The FOX internship program as a whole focused on a variety of professional development opportunities. FOX presented a diversity of panels, discussions, presentations, networking events and training that were geared to advancing my knowledge of the industry.

    With my internship coming to an end, my experience has been nothing short of enriching and a truly once in a lifetime opportunity. I am looking forward to applying the knowledge that I gained at the Fox Business Network to my future studies and experiences in the broadcast news industry.

    Here is a sample of one of my stories that went on air that I pitched and helped research:



  • socdeansintern 12:00 pm on August 17, 2021 Permalink  

    Breaking News at Bloomberg 

    By Dean’s Intern Daniel Papscun at Bloomberg Industry Group

    Daniel PapscunHow do you break news about the Teamsters, one of the largest and most famous American labor unions? I didn’t know, at least not until an editor at Bloomberg Law asked me to help preview an upcoming Teamsters convention. When I dove into the assignment with another reporter, working quickly to develop sources in the storied union, I discovered rumblings that the five-year convention could spark the biggest organizing drive in Teamsters history by targeting Amazon for unionization.

    Our first story on the subject highlighted my scoop, which was later confirmed by Motherboard and then came to pass as the union delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of the action.

    My summer on Bloomberg Law’s Labor and Employment desk was one of the most fulfilling and pivotal of my life. I learned to write for a specific legal audience, break news of lawsuits and court filings, dive deep into the minutiae of court decisions, and build robust data and enterprise stories on everything from the trend of museum workers unionizing to what a Democratic-majority National Labor Relations Board could mean for graduate student unions.

    Over ten weeks and two dozen stories, I’ve discovered that labor reporting is a passion of mine. The beat isn’t just limited to unions, either: I wrote twice about the NCAA, covered the legal issues that stem from using TikTok for hiring, and delved into some of GrubHub’s current litigation.

    It’s worth exploring new beats whenever the opportunity arises, I’ve learned, and I can’t wait for my next chance.

  • socdeansintern 1:13 pm on August 16, 2021 Permalink  

    Behind the Scenes of Making Documentaries at Voice of America 

    By Dean’s Intern Joe Kelly at Voice of America

    Joe KellyIt’s hard for me to summarize my internship at Voice of America this past summer in just a short paragraph.  Throughout the last few months, I have worked for the award-winning documentary team at VOA with the extremely talented Beth Mendelson. One thing that I have learned in the documentary-making process is that it takes not one, not two, not three….well to be honest I’m not sure how many times it takes to redo a proposal because we still haven’t been approved for our upcoming VOA 80th Anniversary film.  It takes a lot of work, but I am so extremely grateful to be a part of what I know will be an excellent documentary when it finally comes out this February. Writing a proposal takes a lot of thinking, writing, and reworking.  There are times when Beth, Katy, and I will just start laughing because we’re all so exhausted.  I am also getting to see how a government agency works, which is very interesting.  I have been able to partake in phone calls and meetings with fellow VOA employees, potential interview subjects, and many more during my time here. Just last week, we spoke with a Russian journalist who was tortured and nearly killed simply for reporting the truth in her country. I get to hear amazing stories like this almost everyday.  Finally, Beth has an amazing sense of humor which makes the day extremely enjoyable.  A few days ago, I mistakenly confused former Taliban leader Mullah Omar with a friend of Beth’s that we were considering interviewing.  “No Joe, Mullah Omar and I have not broken bread” she jokingly said.  Not one of my smartest moments, to say the least.

  • socdeansintern 1:39 pm on August 5, 2021 Permalink  

    Reporting Breaking News at Voice of America 

    By Dean’s Intern Skye Witley at Voice of America

    Skye WitleyThis summer, I joined the Voice of America as a reporting intern for the organization’s News Center Hub, where I produce web-based articles about domestic and international issues each day. Voice of America is a government-funded news organization primarily focused on providing news to the world in over 40 languages.

    In this general assignment role, I’ve expanded my repertoire of political reporting by covering a broad range of assignments, from Supreme Court decisions to Congressional hearings to developments with the military junta in Myanmar. I covered the niche public media beat in my previous Dean’s Internship, so having the opportunity to work for a significantly larger and more national-facing organization has been an exciting change of pace. Working as a VOA intern over the past two months has certainly piqued my interest in pursuing some form of political reporting in my fast-approaching journalism career.

    One of my favorite aspects of writing at VOA has been the emphasis on quick story turnarounds, a muscle that I haven’t had the opportunity to strengthen as much at my previous internships. Thanks to guidance from a vast team of editors and lots of practice, I’ve learned how to turn around a comprehensive story in half the time it used to take me. By developing this skill at VOA, I can now meet the tight deadlines editors set for me and produce multiple stories in one day, an ability that I know will continue to grow and benefit me for years to come.

    With only two semesters left in my undergraduate career, I consider my time at VOA to be a perfect stepping stone towards more political reporting opportunities and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

    Here is a link to most of my VOA articles:



  • socdeansintern 12:33 pm on August 5, 2021 Permalink  

    Becoming Comfortable with the Unknowns: Learning the Ins and Outs of Political Reporting 

    By Dean’s Intern Kaela Roeder at The Durango Herald

    Kaela RoederThe main lesson I have learned while interning at The Durango Herald this summer is that each day is more unpredictable than the last when working as a journalist. A lawmaker can post a scandalous tweet or scuffles can happen on the Senate floor — nothing is off the table.

    A typical week for me at The Herald begins with reviewing the congressional schedule and noting any meetings related to Southwest Colorado and its leaders. I’ve been following Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and Rep. Lauren Boebert in their policymaking and had the opportunity to interview them on a variety of topics including wildfires prevention and the infrastructure bill. Day-to-day, I’ll speak with local organization leaders in Colorado and review upcoming relevant bills.

    Visiting the newsroom in Durango has been a highlight. Working with colleagues and brainstorming in person after many months of isolation reignited my passion for journalism.

    Navigating Congressional halls this summer has been a learning curve, but I have learned many skills I will take with me in my career. My American University degree has helped me in the adjustment, as well. I am incredibly grateful to have studied journalism in the nation’s capital.

    While interning, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a freelance journalist for the paper to produce additional content, as well. In July, I covered the long-awaited Redwine murder trial where a father was convicted of murdering his son in 2012.

    Read my work: https://www.durangoherald.com/search/?q=kaela+roeder

  • socdeansintern 12:30 pm on August 5, 2021 Permalink  

    On the Front Lines of Breaking News at Fox 

    By Dean’s Intern Adriana Doria at Fox News

    Adriana DoriaMy time at FOX News Media has been such an incredible experience! As a Virtual College Associate for FOX News Media, I have been able to participate, first-hand, in the fast-paced nature of the news industry.  Throughout the program, I reviewed a variety of daily news stories from multiple mediums and presented them to my team.  In addition, I was tasked with providing potential guest ideas to the booking team of this opinion-based show on a daily basis.  These responsibilities challenged me to personalize my guest recommendations based on the current news headlines and provide unique perspectives for further exploration.  The skills I further developed throughout this associate program have transferred seamlessly to scriptwriting, research, and understanding of broadcast media.

    In addition to these skills, I attended a variety of professional development master classes ranging from resume building, maintaining authenticity in the workplace, interviewing, and a variety of other department specific lectures.

    While my time at this summer program is nearing its completion, I look forward to continuing learning more skills about the news industry.  I am honored to have been part of the Virtual College Associate Program for FOX News Media.  It has further solidified my future career plans of becoming a national news broadcast journalist.


  • socdeansintern 10:22 am on August 4, 2021 Permalink  

    Hitting the Ground Running for Olympics Coverage 

    By Dean’s Intern Riddhi Setty at Voice of America

    Riddhi SettyMy experience working with Voice of America this summer as a social media intern has been both exciting and insightful. We hit the ground running every morning in order to reach an audience half-way around the world that is in an entirely different time zone. Since my internship coincided with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, I had the unique opportunity to be able to work on posts and content specifically tailored to the Olympics. I put together photo galleries based on Olympic opening ceremonies, competing teams, notable athletes and medal winners. In the process, I sharpened my editing skills, learning how to use mogrt files in Premiere and working with Photoshop to put together several galleries.

    My favorite project that I worked on was a gallery of interesting stories of athletes around the world who have participated in the Olympics through the ages. I really enjoyed working on this gallery because it gave me the chance to both learn about and share the stories of people who are usually not highlighted but have led tremendous and interesting lives. While working from home definitely presents its challenges, the social team at VOA stays in close communication and someone is always there to lend a hand if you need it. Working with them has been an educational and wonderful experience.

  • socdeansintern 1:24 pm on August 2, 2021 Permalink  

    Multitasking and multi-learning at NBC4 

    By Dean’s Intern Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez at NBC 4

    Ana AlvarezIt is amazing how it feels like a long time has passed since I started my internship at NBC4, yet it has only been a little more than moth. I have learned so much and gained much more confidence in myself than the one I started with. This is my first official internship, and the most important thing I have learned is to accept edits and constructive criticism. I feel extremely lucky to get the chance to intern at a newsroom in which my coworkers are open to teaching and pointing out things I need to do better. That is the purpose of an internship; or at least it is mine.

    The hours in a work shift go by so fast because there are a lot of things to do. In a normal day I can clip videos, convert broadcast scripts into digital stories, write stories of my own or look for story ideas to pitch. I also have had the experience of working for the Telemundo 44 team. I translate articles from English into Spanish. This experience has showed me the importance of bilingual people in the newsroom. The Latino and Hispanic communities that live in the United States and do not speak English need to be informed too. As a Puerto Rican I feel honored to contribute a small grain so the Latino community in Washington, D.C. can stay informed.

    Links to some of my work:


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