Sunday, June 30, 2013

Internship Update

As usual, I've been neglecting this blog since I started working. But, I wanted to write a little about my internship so far- I had planned to update weekly, and hopefully I can be a little more diligent with this blog from now on (then again, that's what I always say).

For starters, I already have two articles up on Women in the World, and a third one on the way. I can't believe I'm already published as a first-time intern! I also made the Dean's List at Hofstra, which is such an honor and I'm glad my hard work paid off this semester.

I only have two weeks left at Newsweek, and I don't want to leave. I love being in a newsroom and working with real professionals in my chosen career. I definitely love journalism, and I know this is the place for me. This is such an exciting summer with so many important stories developing, and such a perfect time to be interning.

I'm already looking forward to the fall when I can hopefully start another internship. I'm currently looking/applying, so fingers crossed for something as amazing as Newsweek!

My third article should be running sometime later this week, and I'll post it here. For now, here is a link to my story on the business of being a sugar baby, and here's my story on how the business world is changing. Enjoy!

Friday, June 21, 2013

My First Article!

I'm so excited, my first real article went live today on The Daily Beast's Women in the World site!! The subject- sugar babies. Take a look!

Monday, June 10, 2013


I spent 5 hours transcribing this interview for one of my editors, Katie Baker, so if you could all read it that would be great! It's a really fantastic interview, Katie did a great job and Shohreh is an incredible person.

My second week at Newsweek started today, and I still love it. I'm (pretty much) working on a real story, so we'll see where it goes!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Newsweek and The Daily Beast- Week 1

As I try to figure out what I'm going to wear to work tomorrow, I have a little time to reflect on the incredible first week I've had as an intern for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

I arrived Monday- in the middle of a Manhattan rainstorm- and was ushered up to the second floor of the IAC building in Chelsea, home to Newsweek and The Daily Beast. I reported to Katie Baker, managing editor of the Women in the World section. I'll be spending the next several weeks as a WITW intern along with 2 other girls (WITW is larger than the social media department and therefore needed more help).

Before I started interning everyone asked me, "What are you going to be doing? Making coffee?" But even during my interview, I had a feeling that I wouldn't be doing 'typical intern stuff.' Within five minutes of arriving, I was seated at a computer and told to put together a cheat.

If you're unfamiliar with The Daily Beast, we put together a 'cheat sheet' that has little summaries of major news stories, followed by a link to read the full story either on our website or another news site. There's a cheat sheet on DB, and one on WITW. The other two interns and I are responsible for putting together cheats for one of our three sections; News, Lifestyle, and Call to Arms.

I was put in charge of Call to Arms, and within an hour I had a cheat up on the website. I ended up putting together 3 cheats that day, totaling 16 by the end of the week!

I LOVE my internship. I'm not making copies or doing busywork, I'm actually putting together an integral part of our site and bringing important stories to people's attention. Call to Arms highlights injustice or problems that women face. I've put together cheats on acid attacks in India, the problems that Turkish female protesters face, and campaigns against domestic violence in Saudi Arabia.

However, the most exciting part of my internship was Thursday afternoon, my last day before the weekend (I only work four days a week). Katie asked me to transcribe an interview, which isn't as easy as it sounds.

The interview was with Shohreh Aghdashloo, an Iranian actress who I admire a lot, so obviously I was excited to transcribe an interview with her! It took 5 hours, since the interview was recorded over the phone and Shohreh has a very deep voice and an Iranian accent. While it was a tough job, it was fun in a weird sort of way.

I really love my job, and even though I'm gone nearly 12 hours between my commute and actual work, I can't wait for another week to start.

If you want to read some of my cheats, check out the WITW page and take a look (I'm not going to post each individual cheat because it would take up too much room)!