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  • Zach C. Cohen 6:14 am on October 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: article, , enterprise, journalism, , ,   

    Enterprise Reporting 

    The biggest project I underwent at USA TODAY was taking on a fully-fleshed-out article from start to finish, full with in-depth interviews and document analysis.

    Too bad it never saw the light of day.

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    • Julia Beyer 5:44 pm on October 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for sharing some of your realistic insights. I am linking to this in the SOC Spot newsletter.

  • Zach C. Cohen 4:50 am on July 12, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , David Callaway, editor-in-chief, , , journalism, 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!

  • Emily Roseman 5:47 pm on November 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , journalism, location, , , searching, , tv,   

    Internship’s over….now what? 

    After applying to over 7 jobs now (a personal success after I promised myself I would take my thanksgiving break to apply hard!) I think there are a lot of things that students really do not know or understand when applying, that I have already encountered after countless applications on job sites.

    First I would say the biggest misconception or rather, confusion is pay. Students in their senior see free anything as the biggest gold mine in their life, and have been used to working for free for a while, so working for pay comes as a grand surprise once entering the work force full time. When clicking or agreeing to a pay rate with a company, students find themselves at odds most the time…what is a good pay grade? Am I selling myself short? What should an entry-level person such as myself be earning? These questions can seem really daunting especially since it is our first real job and money is certainly tight. Any money at all is a dramatic shift and changes the pizza delivery/Chinese take out lifestyle we live by.

    I’ve found by asking professors in my major,  the AU career center, as well as some friends and older alumni that are lucky enough to be working right now for some helpful advice with this important one. It’s good to get this out of the way, because applications will and are ready to ask how much you are worth to them! (A little scary right?)

    Second is the scary idea of location, location, location. Applications throw out that question, “Would you be willing to move or change locations for this job?” UMMM beg your pardon? Since when did this become a committed relationship? I thought we were testing the waters with this? Seriously considering how far you will go for a job is something that again can and will come up, if not in your application, then in your interview or with significant others and family! Solution: be very open to the idea of a wide variety of locales for your dream job, because your career may not just be where you went to college, it could be thousands of miles across the country in the opposite direction.

    Finally, pay attention to details when searching and scouring those job postings sites. Administrative assistant is probably the most vague title for a secretary known to man. Do not just apply blindly; go in with an open mind, but not with a rampant computer mouse. You might regret that decision a little later! Try to research the company you are applying for and learn a little more before the make that big investment and always email for ask for information to follow up on if there is a position you are truly passionate about. This could not only put you ahead of the pack, but will show you are a great candidate and eager for the job.

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    • Julia Beyer 10:34 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice! Tools like salary.com and glassdoor.com can also help answer some questions about salary. It is also good to know what your priorities are financially and geographically so that you can make an educated decision.

  • Emily Roseman 4:52 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , BBC, , journalism, , MSNBC, , , ,   

    Making Every Job Count… 

    First off I assume it is best to introduce myself to distinguish myself amongst the other fascinating and incredibly talented bloggers/interns featured here. My name is Emily Roseman and I am a Senior in the School of Communication at American University. My four years at AU have challenged me academically, but also professionally and that is something I always credit to the program I am enrolled in, but also my sense of determination to never give up. Since my first day as a Freshman, I have interned  or worked at  some of the most incredible offices around the world. Freshman year I was an intern at BBC World News in DC , Sophomore year brought the great honor of being selected as a White House Intern, my summer leading into Junior year I worked in the editing department at MSNBC in New York City, my spring semester of Junior  year I traveled abroad to London where I was able to intern as a production assistant at Purple Flame Media a documentary film company, and now my last year at AU, I have had the great honor of being selected as one of the students for the Dean’s Internships in SOC and intern at USA TODAY’s video editing department. SO enough about where I used to work…and onto what I can impart onto my fellow classmates as a seasoned veteran of the intern world.

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    • Francine Blume 7:09 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Emily, what’s it like working with the daily pressure of deadlines?

      • Emily Roseman 1:28 am on November 2, 2011 Permalink

        I tend to live by deadlines actually! I enjoy the thrill of a newsroom and a constant push for my work, guess that’s also good for being a college student!

    • Julia Beyer 7:46 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Emily,
      I enjoyed reading your post. I am going to feature your post in SOC Spot newsletter. Please let me know if this is not okay with you.

  • Zach C. Cohen 3:04 am on August 25, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: contributor, David Wilensky, Georgetown Cupcakes, , , journalism, journalists, Mark Thompson, New Voices Magazine, , , , , , wrapup   

    One Door Closes 

    Yesterday was my last day working in TIME Magazine’s Washington Bureau. I can say with confidence that is has been an extraordinarily valuable experience, and I’m glad I did it. I’ve learned a lot about myself and journalism, and the experience I gained made up for the lack of pay, lack of credits, and long hours.
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  • Zach C. Cohen 7:21 pm on August 19, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , journalism, staff, , ,   

    A Quiet Office Is a Busy Office…Sometimes 

    It seems counter-intuitive, but sometimes, the best time to be in the office is when lots of others are on vacation.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 6:49 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Boozman, , Graham, House of Representatives, Jay Newton-Small, journalism, Kerry, Lieberman, press pass, Reid, , , United States   

    Fish Out Of Water: My First Day at Congress 

    When I saw the letter granting me a press pass to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, my first thought was “COOL! SO EXCITED!” My second thought was “This is will never happen.” Turns out I’m 0 for 2 on that front. It was way cooler than I imagined, and it happened. One hour after I saw the letter, I was on my way to the Capitol Building.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 9:13 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: heroes, Joe Klein, journalism, , , role models, , ,   

    Working with Giants 

    TIME Magazine was the first news publication I read regularly. I’ve always admired it as quality journalism that also made complex domestic and international issues readily understandable. TIME Magazine is part of the reason I wanted to become involved in journalism in the first place. Now, I’m in the nation’s capitol working for that same publication. Needless to say, it’s a little overwhelming. But I think I’m starting to understand how to overcome the pressure and actively contribute to something I’ve always admired.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 2:29 am on June 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , journalism, , Palin, , ,   

    First Day at TIME 

    I was a healthy mix of nervous and excited today as I traveled up the elevator nine flights to the office of the TIME Magazine Washington Bureau. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to act when I got there. But I definitely was able to navigate my way through the day, and I’m so excited to get back tomorrow.

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