During Summer 2013 I interned at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a national media watch group based in New York City, for three months, two days week, as an editorial intern. I specifically worked on the FAIR blog and for Extra!, FAIR’s monthly media criticism magazine.
On my first day I was writing – I researched and wrote an “Action Alert!” about the questionable natural gas industry funding of a Public Radio International / America Abroad Media radio pro-fracking documentary. I followed up the alert with a blog post to allow for reader comments and then a two-page article in Extra!. My investigation sparked hundreds of emails to AAM and an eight-page response from their ombudsman.
For the rest of my internship, I continued researching and writing for the blog and magazine, notably exploring the cultural implications of the psychological insults media slung at whistle-blower Edward Snowden, as well as The New York Times’ coverage of women’s work / life balance. My editors encouraged me to pitch story ideas to them and write about what interested me. I also assisted the directors of FAIR’s magazine, radio show and television show in daily tasks, fact checking, website work, and copyediting.
When I returned to campus in the fall, the Extra! editor asked me to write a last-minute article another writer was unable to send in. Working on a quick deadline, I researched and wrote about how media outlets had followed President Obama’s lead on what to call the Egyptian coup and the political implications of his word choice. For all three articles I wrote for Extra! I was paid as a freelance writer.