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  • Ellen Miller 3:12 pm on September 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    All About Events 

    Hello all, and welcome back for week two. I’m full-into my internship now, and I thought I’d share a bit about one of the aspects of Citysearch– events! I’ve now been a part of two major D.C. Citysearch events, and am getting the hang of what it’s all about. (More …)

  • Kristine Untalan 8:11 pm on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Moving Up and Onward. 

    Continuing on my trend of being busy within the past month, I’ve had numerous opportunities to check out different sides of DC that I hardly encounter. To say that isn’t too much of a stretch — I am always on the go in this city and try to find lots of free, fun new things to do when I can — but these events definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.

    I was asked to go to an event at a doctor’s office in Glover Park, just down Wisconsin Ave. and to be honest, I was terrified. Even though I had brought a friend along, nerves got the best of me and I had no idea what to do. These are the kinds of moments where you have to look at yourself and go, “Would you mind if you had a camera in your face at this event?” I usually don’t, and after warming up with the crowd for a bit, I felt more comfortable with recording and taking photos just as the guests were willing to pose for me.

    The same goes for an event in Georgetown; I was asked to cover an event for a fundraiser at the bar George, and while the crowd was considerably younger (where I felt at ease immediately), I wasn’t sure who to photograph where. But after finally diving in head first, we had gotten great footage of people we needed to interview…and had an amazing night afterwards.

    Which kind of lead me to realize that I overthink things sometimes. And when you’re trying to get the best information, sometimes you just have to stop thinking and start doing. In those moments, I found I had the best work. (Even better – the footage turned into a great story.)

    After asking Angie if she was okay with my putting her down as a recommendation for future opportunities, she sent me an email suggesting that I should try to apply for the station’s Metromix division (which focuses on local parties and events), as they are currently hiring for freelance writers. That’s when it really hit me: I kind of enjoyed doing those things. I kind of want to keep doing it. I kind of would really enjoy getting paid to write about it. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

  • Emily Thompson 10:02 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    DoR: What Worked, What Didn’t? 

    Today at the USHMM was a day of reflection. Looking back at last week’s events and discussing what worked and what didn’t. Yesterday (Monday) a lot of people were still out of the office, DoR takes a lot of energy, so some decided they needed a little more R&R…I can’t really blame them. Seeing how much work and time went into planning the event (1 year to be exact….next year’s dates are already out. May 3-5, 2011), I could see why some staff would want to take a little break! So, today at the prospect strategy meeting, the development staff at the museum, and the development staff at locations around the country, video/phone conferenced to discuss DoR. While I won’t go into every little detail about what was said, I will say there is always room for improvement. Many of the guests of this year’s events thought it was the best DoR EVER! Which is amazing, but looking back, there were a few little issues that could be fixed. I learned that when planning events of this nature, you can’t be afraid to make changes for the next year. It is okay to take some risks and do some experimentation to see what really works! What works one year, might not work the next, and so on and on and on. So, you sometimes have to listen to everyone’s idea and thank them graciously, even if deep down you are thinking to yourself, “There is no way in H*** I will ever let that happen!”, because the truth is, it might end up being a great suggestion! Listening to everyone’s input today was really fun, and at times a little disheartening, but in the end what everyone says is taken back to the head honchos, looked over and this starts the planning for next year! To leave you with something fun, if you are on twitter, take a look at what some people had to say about this year’s events! #2010DOR

    • Leila Smith 11:49 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I call it refreshing an event — every year something needs to be freshened and everything should be on the table. You just hope that some things stay on the table and that others fall underneath. Opera America used to close down for several days after their annual meeting!

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