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She also helped edit audio interviews with local candidates in the November 2012 election, which were included in the station’s election coverage.
In the summer of 2012, Emily was one of six interns hired by the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. She dived into political reporting at U.S. Senate hearings on health care and the economy, and she listened firsthand as Justices John Edwards and Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained the health-care ruling inside the Supreme Court.
She also wrote and pitched enterprise stories. One, on the woes of third-party candidates in the American political system, was published by the Scripps Howard News Service. Another, on a sport that embraced breast cancer survivorship, was published in the Washington Post Local Living section.
As part of her work as an intern, Emily compiled data from thousands of pages of documents as part of an investigation on the Country Club Hills government. She gave live updates from the Harry Potter movie premiere on the SouthtownStar’s Twitter account. She learned how to ask veterans’ families about their loved ones killed in action. She did not, however, learn how to make coffee.
Emily was buzz‘s online editor when the magazine launched its new website, readbuzz.com, in October 2011. She trained two interns in buzz style and WordPress. Together, they organized the new site, promoted the magazine using social media and created a relationship between the website and print editors.
Emily was the copy chief of buzz for the 2010-2011 school year. She hired and trained three copy editors and restructured the editing system so that every print story was read over at least four times before the final copy was published. A self-proclaimed grammar nerd, Emily often quizzed her copy editors on AP style, and she referenced the AP stylebook at least twice a day.
Though Emily never took a formal broadcast journalism class, she interned at WCIA, the CBS affiliate in Central Illinois, in the spring of 2011. Her duties mostly dealt with the production side — putting stories online, assisting the producer during broadcasts, finding quote-worthy clips to air. She also shadowed several reporters and called dozens of local police stations to scout for potential stories.
Emily worked as a resident advisor at Allen Hall, a residence hall of 655 students, for a year and a half. She put on about 8 to 10 programs a month, often collaborating with residents, campus groups, or other staff members. She was on call two to three times a month to respond to overnight emergencies, and she was the designated RA for about 50 students.
Emily matured tremendously and learned several important life skills during her experience, including: staying inclusive and non-judgmental; keeping a level head in emergencies; being a role model among peers; navigating bureaucracy; referring people to proper resources; and resolving conflicts.