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

    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 2:30 am on August 17, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: fieldrunners 2, , google, , , , USA TODAY   

    Goodbye…not really 

    Today was the last formal day of my internship. Meaning, it’s the last day for a while that I’ll get up at the crack of dawn and drive to McLean, Va. to produce articles for USA TODAY Tech online.

    It was probably a good time to end. Most of the interns have left; I only stayed to work on some unfinished business. But I’ve been pulling overtime the past few weeks between everything I needed (read: wanted) to do, and I’ll be happy to get a bit of a break before the school year starts again.
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  • Zach C. Cohen 3:25 pm on August 7, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , counsulting, , , USA TODAY   

    You’re hired 

    Sometimes, internships do lead directly into a job. I just didn’t think it would happen this quickly.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 3:50 am on July 24, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris, , suit, USA TODAY   

    Suit Up! 

    When I get home from my internship, the first thing I do is kick off my shoes, change out of my suit and tie, and watch How I Met Your Mother (I’ve watched six seasons so far this summer. Hey, a guy’s gotta enjoy his time off).

    Barney Stinson of HIMYM (as it will henceforth be called) is kind of a role model for me right now. No, not for his womanizing ways, but there’s something to be said for his mantra that life’s always better in a suit.

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

    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!

  • Zach C. Cohen 12:32 am on July 3, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , , Chris Jaskinski, , , USA TODAY   

    Why Interns Blog 

    Last week was the launch of the USA TODAY Interns brand. Complete with Tumblr (or is it “tumblr”?) and  Twitter accounts, this new initiative was actually started by a fellow AU intern, Chris Jasinski.

    So, in essence I’ve had to jump headlong into the Tumbling and Instagramming universe. I’ll be posting there and here regular updates on my internship.

    It’s a pretty cool project, actually. Not everybody takes the time to update others about their responsibilities as an intern. I suppose it’s fair to want avoid sounding arrogant. But let’s be honest, interns get to do some pretty amazing things. This week in the intern Tumblr, one USA TODAY intern talked about her experience reporting at the White House. That’s not bragging; it’s sharing your excitement for your work and showing your passion for what you’re doing.

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    • Jennifer Carignan 7:09 pm on July 11, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Zach, I love the idea of the Tumblr and Twitter accounts! One of the most challenging but important parts of the Career Center’s work is to find ways for interns to share their experiences with each other, as opposed to only hearing about student experiences from advisors. It looks like these tools are really productive ways to do this. I look forward to reading more!

      • Zach C. Cohen 5:02 am on July 12, 2012 Permalink

        Like USA TODAY has recognized, we can create all the content we want, and it’ll be great. But in today’s day and age, it’s crucial to go to the consumer, not the other way around. Tumblr and Twitter are only the start of that process.

  • Zach C. Cohen 1:42 am on June 19, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Apple, , iOS, Siri, , USA TODAY   

    Another busy week! 

    Last week was another busy few days at USA Today. My supervisor, Charlie, was surprised there was so much news to handle, but it’s fine with me. I’d much rather be kept busy rather than waste my time being bored. I figure that’s why I decided to go into journalism in the first place!

    I’ve written a few more blog posts and even an article for the Tech site. But I’m hoping to move my byline to the print edition. I’m percolating a few ideas, but the key is finding an idea the editors will find important enough that hasn’t already been investigated. That’s even more difficult to achieve since I’m still learning the culture of USA Today and recognizing what news the editors are particularly looking for.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 4:27 am on June 12, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Airtime, eHarmony, , , hacked passwords, , , last.fm, , , , transit of Venus, USA TODAY   

    Back to the 9-to-5 

    It’s been a long time since I’ve woken up at 6 a.m. on a regular basis.

    But rather than taking my summer to take a break, I’ve again taken on an internship.

    I’m working three days a week at USA Today’s (absolutely gorgeous) headquarters in McLean, Va. I work in the Tech section, mostly posting short articles about the most recent technology news, publishing copy from the Associated Press wire on our website, and posting our most recent articles on Twitter and Facebook.

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