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Tony Azios is pursuing an MFA in Film & Electronic Media with a focus on Documentary Film Production at American University. Through the SOC Dean’s Internship program, he is currently serving as a Technology Associate at the New York headquarters of the Associated Press (AP). In this position, Tony plans and executes alpha and beta tests with customers of AP’s image and video platforms, gathers and formalizes feedback from end-user sessions and communicates findings to business, design, and development teams, and works with the video business team to assist in managing a coordinated rollout of new platforms. The AP products he has helped develop and test will be used by preeminent news agencies and media production companies worldwide for many years to come. Tony Azios is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who has filmed and/or reported in Ecuador, the Federated States of Micronesia, Mexico, South Korea, and the United States. (Summer 2012)
Dawn Morgan is in her first year of the film & video master's program, and interning at Current to gain insight into media policy & the future of nonprofit journalism. She received her B.A. in media arts from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware in 2002, and cut her teeth as a freelance radio and print journalist (and even community access TV producer). Dawn's byline has been spotted in the (paper formerly known as) St. Petersburg Times, Creative Loafing (Tampa), the Philadelphia City Paper, and her award winning blog, Tampa Do-Gooder. In 2004 she produced a short documentary on volunteering, which was nominated for Best Local Short in the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Dawn's journalism obsession inspired her to produce a radio series on the future of journalism for WMNF radio in Tampa in 2011, which was really just an excuse to chat up journalism icons like PublicAffairs publisher Peter Osnos and NPR's David Folkenflik. (Fall 2012)
Emily Falcone is a senior majoring in public communication and minoring in marketing. She is currently interning in the Public Relations department of LivingSocial through the Dean of the School of Communication. She is the first student to have this opportunity, as it is newest addition to the Dean’s Internship program. As an intern, Emily is an integrated part of the public relations team. She is given various projects that are crucial to the department, such as participating in brainstorms and compiling media lists. Prior to this semester, Emily interned for Universal Music Group last summer and DCI Group last spring.
Samantha Falewee is a junior majoring in Public Communications. As a SOC Dean's Intern, Samantha is working at the National Geographic Channel in the Advertisement Sales and Marketing Department. Her duties include brainstorming television spots, writing scripts, and providing support to partnerships with NGC sponsors such as USA Today. In the past, Samantha has gained experience interning with the National Geographic Society and the American Film Institute. Always hungry for new experiences, Samantha is devoted to exploring the realm of communications through mediums of writing, film, and entertainment. She is excited to be a part of NGC and learn more about successful television production. (Fall 2012)
Alex Kula is a senior at American University, pursuing a degree in Public Communications and Law and Society. Through the SOC Dean’s Internship program, she is currently serving as a Communications intern at the National Geographic Society, headquartered in Washington, DC. This semester, she will be working on providing general administrative support to the Communications department, completing media research, compiling media contact lists, coordinating press mailings and other media contact lists, drafting press materials (pitches, media, advisories, fact sheets) and supporting different events hosted by the National Geographic Society. (Fall 2012)
Regan Alsup is a rising senior studying both Film and Media Arts and International Relations. She is spending the summer producing instructional videos for the National Park Service to better inform park interpreters and rangers about climate change and its impacts within the nation's parks. She is excited about her internship because it affords her the opportunity to apply her passion for filmmaking to one of the most important social issues of the 21st century - our changing environment. Ultimately, Regan hopes to find a way to combine her passion for issue advocacy and awareness with her interest and skills in multimedia and filmmaking to make documentaries that make a difference on a global scale. (Summer and Fall 2012)
Barbara Sprunt is a junior studying public communication and political science. She is currently an intern with NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered. Barbara works on the “Three-Minute Fiction” segment, where listeners send in original short stories that can be read in three minutes or less. She helps organize, review and judge the submissions and assists with producing radio segments. Barbara also serves as a Student Ambassador for the School of Communication at AU, mentoring freshman students and recruiting prospective students. She is excited to be a part of NPR and learn more about radio production. (Fall 2012)
Stephanie Jaar is a senior majoring in print journalism and interning with the Newseum’s broadcast department as a social media coordinator and assistant web writer. At AU, she is the co-editor-in-chief of AmWord, and has previously interned with Variety magazine in London and the Washington Post Express. Between studying, internships and AmWord, Stephanie is a pop culture enthusiast and writes TV reviews for Poptimal.com. She is excited about her internship at the Newseum, which will allow her to hone her writing and editing skills and learn more about the dynamic news media and its history.
Caitlan McCafferty is a senior at American University majoring in History and Communication Studies. She is very interested in how the media affects history, and is planning to learn more about that topic at the Newseum. She is from New Hope, PA, a town near Philadelphia. She is involved with Sigma Delta Tau sorority and their philanthropic efforts on AU’s campus. She is also interested in music and travel. (Fall 2012)
Kevin Borow is a rising Junior at American University studying both Film and Media Arts and Business Administration. He is currently a Dean’s Intern at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Working there, he is responsible for producing content for the Center’s new website, from videos to podcasts. During his internship, he has worked on projects from promo videos that will be shown to museums across the US, to mini-documentaries featuring Rodney Mullen, one of the foremost innovators in the skateboarding world. (Summer 2012)
Charles Cohen is a year into his MFA Film and Digital Media degree. This summer he interned for the Smithsonian’s American History Museum where he filmed 19th Century sound equipment, basically a massive tuning fork, used to study sound waves. At 50 years old, Charles is returning to school as a freelance writer/filmmaker, having written for wide range of publications from Baltimore Sun to the New York Times. He has also written and produced three documentaries and several webisodes. A Baltimore native, Charles lives in Fells Point with his wife and two daughters. (Summer 2012)
Chris Jasinski is a rising junior studying both Public Communication and Political Science. Chris is currently the Social Media Marketing intern at USA TODAY. As a social intern, Chris is charged with develop social media strategies, maintain brand guidelines, and creating mediums to better interact with consumers. Prior to working at USA TODAY, Chris interned for EMILY'S List and North Carolina Governor Perdue’s Press Office & Office of Constituency Services. As an aspiring brand manager and social strategist, Chris credits his wonderful mentors for educating him in media convergence in the digital age. He gives special credit to SOC professor Caty Chattoo for always teaching him to strive for happiness in communications not just success. (Summer 2012)
Stefanie Dazio is a senior studying print journalism and CLEG. She is currently a Metro intern at The Washington Post returning for her second semester. This past summer, Dazio worked at The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. for her second summer. She has also studied abroad in Rome, worked for AU's student newspaper, The Eagle, interned with the Student Press Law Center and blogged for the Huffington Post.
(Summer and Fall 2012)
Rachel Jacobs is a senior film and media arts and economics double major at American University. As a producer on American University Television’s (ATV) news team, she has produced interviews with influential figures such as General Colin Powell, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Gloria Steinem, Michelle Rhee, John Legend, Janet Napolitano and Chris Matthews. She has won local, national and international awards from student media festivals, including acknowledgement from the American Association of Political Consultants for her short documentary “The A Voice 4 U Campaign.” Rachel is currently interning in the video department at The Washington Post, helping develop and produce a new online daily news show titled "The Fold." (Fall 2012)
Rachel Karas is currently a reporting intern for The Washington Post, where she covers the general assignment beat and blogs for the Metro section. She also serves as a staff writer and copy editor for The Eagle, where she was previously Administration & Local News Editor. Karas, a native of Flushing, Mich. will graduate from American University in May 2013 with majors in journalism and international studies, concentrating in global security and the Middle East. Karas has always been particularly interested in multimedia journalism – in addition to print reporting, she is experienced in broadcast scriptwriting and video package editing; web publishing and design; social media management; and photography. When she's not spending every waking moment as a journo nerd, she may also be found running, watching "The West Wing" and "How I Met Your Mother," experimenting with recipes and exploring the D.C. area. (Summer and Fall 2012)