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  • Kristine Untalan 1:02 am on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , metromix, photos,   


    I’ve been having a lot of fun these past few weeks — even more so with some projects out of what I normally do while in the newsroom (videos/newsmaker/editing), which I really enjoyed.

    My mentor Angie has been working on some stories for distracted driving within the DMV area and I’ve been helping out with the research — namely, laws from each area (and they are severely different) and other things to report on from a local angle. That segment came out great. I had completely forgotten about this promotion, but Sprint and the Do Something project are backing the anti-distracted driving movement by providing thumb socks to stop people from texting, which is brilliant — and possibly the next story she’ll work on. Fingers crossed (no thumbs though)!

    I’ve also been volunteering with DC Metromix (affiliated with WUSA9) for the DC’s Hottest 5 concert series at some local bars. It’s been a great experience to do the more gritty work of live events from a promotional point of view, and I’ve been able to listen to some great music and meet some great people in the process. While I don’t think party/event promoting is in my future, it made me reminisce of my high school tv production days of pulling dirty cables around.

    ALSO: I have my own blog post on Angie’s site! Small accomplishment, but seeing the ‘By Kristine Untalan, Special to OMG’ is still pretty cool.

    Behind the cut are some photos from the event! Clicky clicky! (More …)

  • Trace 11:31 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , photos, Slidehow, Success,   

    My First “Viral” Success 

    Working with Discovery for four weeks now, I’m really starting to settle in. I feel really good about the job and the people. I’m learning the layout of the building, the people who talk to each other and the people who prefer being left alone. But most importantly, I’m getting pretty good at my job. I look at this as a test for both me and for Discovery. What if I loved Discovery all throughout my childhood only to meet her and find out she was a raging alcoholic?! I would be crushed! What if Discovery looked at my resumé and thought, “Damn this kid know’s what he’s doing!” and then I arrived in flip-flops and a shirt with a bud light slogan on it without the faintest knowledge of how to use computer?

    My point is last Friday, I passed the first test. I work with Discovery News. They are a science-focused news outlet run by Discovery and they have bloggers and videographers and traditional journalists all working together to create news product, and now they have me too.

    Last week, I created a slideshow posted it on DiscoveryNews.com. It was a big moment to see my name on the finished product. For a while, it was on the homepage! As an intern, I felt I have arrived. Now, they trust me. They know my work and they know they can count on me to get stuff done. Next week they want me to work with them on their podcast too! I can’t wait!

    To read my “story” … er… slideshow, about an artist who created sculptures of deadly viruses and bacteria, visit: http://news.discovery.com/human/infectious-disease-swine-flu-jerram.html

    • lara 1:45 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      wow, trace! so cool. congrats 🙂

    • FB 5:42 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That was really incredible! Congratulations!!

    • ashleywolos 3:16 am on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Trace! I can’t believe it’s the end of our 4th week. Discovery feels so homey already.

  • Alex Priest 2:00 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conference, , , outsidetheinternship, photos, rc10, rootscamp, unconference   

    Life Outside the Internship — RootsCamp 

    Now even though this blog is technically just about interning, I’ve got a feeling they won’t mind me giving you a few tips for outside the internship as well. In this case, I just wanted to mention my participation in the New Organizing Institute’s RootsCamp here in Washington, D.C. this past weekend.

    The “camp” was actually an “unconference.” An unconference is sort of a new style of conference, one in which the participants completely control the agenda of the weekend. Basically, the hosting organization sets up a space, basic time schedule and arranges food, ticketing, etc. Then, when participants arrive, they are given a blank card to create their own seminar-style session, which then fits in on the giant “grid” of sessions for the conference.

    Surprisingly, it usually goes far more smoothly than real conferences. Anyway, RootsCamp was a conference for organizers of advocacy campaigns, social justice campaigns, and progressive political campaigns to get together and learn from each other. Sessions were wide-ranging: some focused on communications tools and strategies, like social media, while others focused on specific policy areas, specific organizations, or even just a current event or person in the news.

    But my point is… take opportunities like this! Get involved in your community, whether it’s here in Washington, D.C. or a small town in Kentucky. There are always people to learn from, and events like RootsCamp make for an incredible chance to do so, as well as network! For more information check out my post on my personal blog about the camp, and check out my entire gallery of photos from RootsCamp by clicking on the photo below!

    • FB 1:28 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great photo and great point! Get involved as you can and take advantage of opportunities. Do you have any tips for folks on how to balance and prioritize? Sounds like you’re doing well in that area and lots of folks could use some insights to help them out.

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