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  • Zach C. Cohen 4:50 am on July 12, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: change, David Callaway, editor-in-chief, , , , Larry Kramer, publisher,   

    Watching History 

    USA TODAY is currently undergoing a major transition. The McPaper¬†announced David Callaway as its new editor-in-chief on July 10, and Larry Kramer was hired as president publisher just a few weeks ago. Those are the two top positions of one of the country’s biggest newspaper.

    As interns, we got to see that relationship play out with staff and got the opportunity to sit down with both two founders of MarketWatch and captains of a national newspaper in a private meeting.

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    • Jennifer Carignan 6:19 pm on July 18, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What an exciting time to intern at USA Today, Zach! I’ll be curious to see how these changes play out at the newspaper and what impact that might have on you on a daily basis. This experience with a change in management will be great to talk about one day in an interview!

  • jv9968a 8:24 pm on November 13, 2011 Permalink
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    If At First You Don’t Succeed 

    Last week Riot Act had one of it’s first rentals. A group of young professionals had rented out the show room for lunch and paid for a comic to entertain them while they eat. It was on a weekday afternoon, which is normally not a profitable time for a comedy club, so this was a great way for a little extra profit.

    Needless to say, it was a little rocky. We had over 200 young professionals, all very eager to explore Riot Act, but all very hungary. Unfortunately, without thinking of the congestion, we had set up our show room with one buffet line. This was the issue.

    As the intern, I helped the everyone set up the room, and then greeted people as they entered. It was about 20 minutes into greeting that I noticed people were leaving especially fast. I met to talk to my manager to discover that the line to get food was winding all around the room. People were getting fed up with waiting and decided that they could get their food elsewhere.

    At the time, there was very little we could do. We apologized to the young professionals and promised there would be enough food for them. We couldn’t offer refunds, since they hadn’t actually paid us. We just tried to be as friendly and receptive as possible and handed out Buy One Get One tickets for our comedy shows.

    This showed me, that even big companies make mistakes. This was not an event that was thrown together last minute, but it was one small detail that was not thought through and it threw the whole even off. Next time we will obviously have two, or even three, buffet lines. Until then, we will just learn from our mistakes and hope we don’t offend anyone enough for them not to give us a second chance.

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  • Danielle Wilsey 6:30 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink
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    Hello again! 

    As much as I thoroughly enjoyed winter break, I’m finally back into the full swing with new classes, a new internship and a new outlook on the future. Last semester, I interned at the Fund for Peace, a small non-profit that focused on international issues that could cause conflict. This semester, however, I am working for Third Way, a large think tank that focuses on domestic policy and culture initiatives.

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