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Intern Kickoff: Into the Newsroom

MDDC Press Staff

May 23, 2021

Have an internship at an MDDC Press member organization this year? Don’t miss this session to make the most of your journalism opportunity! Chris Harvey, senior lecturer at the Merrill School of Journalism at UMD, will share how to get to know your beat and reporting resources. Former interns will share their experiences, and MDDC editors and reporters will share best practices on working and reporting remotely.

Required for MDDC interns, and open to any intern (or new reporter) working in an MDDC member newsroom this summer.

Tuesday, May 25 from 10 am – 1:00 pm

10 am     Welcome & get to know one another; Slack workspace

10:15 am – 11:30 am      “Getting to know your beat”  Chris Harvey, Merrill School, Chris Harvey has worked as digital editor for The Washington Post, a magazine managing editor, a political reporter and a journalism teacher. In her earliest positions at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, she directed the student-staffed Capital News Service bureaus in Annapolis and Washington, and launched and directed the multimedia news bureau in College Park. She currently serves as director of assessments (helping to oversee curriculum development), oversees a weekend graduate multimedia certificate program, and teaches courses in reporting and editing.

11:30      Break

11:35 am – Noon              “Working and reporting remotely”  Paul Milton of the Frederick News-Post and Ashley Dawson of the Delaware State News discuss how to connect with your newsroom and sources when working virtually.

Noon     Break

12:05 pm – 1:00 pm        “Getting to know your newsroom culture:  Lessons learned”  Tom Linthicum moderates a panel discussion with Mike Feeley of the News Journal and previous MDDC interns, Jack Hogan, Ellie Heffernan, Anjali DasSarma and Lindsay Weber.  This session is in conjunction with the Delaware Community Foundation’s COVID internship program.

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