The Washington Center



Home Institution: Emerson College

Internship Site: CBS News

Program: Media & Communications

D.C. Gets Ready for the Holidays/The End

Friday, January 03, 2014

The holiday season in any city is a special time. From Christmas tree lightings to performances of The Nutcracker, December brings out some of the best in activities and aesthetics. While New York’s holiday decorations and special events are without equal, there are certain things you can only see and do in Washington at this time of the year.  

My Busiest Day in Washington

Friday, January 03, 2014

It was 1:30 in the morning on December 9th, the first day of my last week in Washington. I had gone to sleep at 8:30 p.m. the night before, woken up between 10 and 11 p.m. to make my plan for the day and tried to catch a little more sleep before I had to wake up again.  

Feature Fun at the Smithsonian

Friday, January 03, 2014

The Smithsonian Institution allows Washington’s visitors to do everything from seeing rare wildlife close up, to touching a piece of the moon all within the greater D.C. area.   They also care for an amazing collection of artifacts from America’s past and only about 1 percent of the collection is ever on display at any given time! Some of the artifacts are so rare, valuable or difficult to display that they are kept in storage permanently.  

The Live Shot Around the Corner

Thursday, January 02, 2014

One of the best things about living at the RAF is its proximity to public transportation. The Metro is right up the street to help you get around the city and Union Station is about a 10-15 minute walk the other way for longer trips on Amtrak, commuter rail and bus.   The interior of a MARC commuter train car I rode in on my way back to D.C.

Fall on the Mall

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Although I had visited D.C. often before coming to TWC, I hadn’t been here when it really looks like fall. I’d heard multiple people from New England like me, say that fall isn’t the same anywhere else because there are no colorful leaves. They said all the trees just turn brown and shed. I was pleasantly surprised to find this assertion mostly false and think the milder weather makes up for the foliage.  

My Day on the Hill

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A lot of journalists will tell you the best beat to cover in Washington is Capitol Hill. You’re able to get up from your desk on a regular basis, chase down politicians to hopefully get answers, and you’re free to move about as you wish (unlike the White House, where journalists’ mobility is limited).   Still, just because there’s more ground to cover on your beat, it doesn’t mean you get more desk space. There are two press galleries in the Capitol building; one is on the House side, the other on the Senate side. All of them are the size of closets.  

Mixing Things Up/Seeing John McCain

Friday, December 13, 2013

Once again, it’s time to mix things up a bit and highlight a non-internship experience I’ve had so far this Fall. We begin with this unflattering selfie of me outside SOME which I had to take to show I had completed one of my TWC civic engagement service projects.  

An Afternoon at the White House

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I can finally say I've experienced the highlight of my time in Washington so far.I was able to spend a few hours at the White House where I got a closer look at the White House Briefing Room and watched President Obama leave on a trip to New York in his helicopter.

The Week the Shutdown Ended

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The week the government shutdown ended was another busy one in Washington. Once again, I was able to tag along for the ride.   On Monday, the day before a bill reopening the government was passed, I was able to watch one of our CBS This Morning live shots from Capitol Hill.  

Dustin Wlodkowski.. CBS News.. New York

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The other weekend I got a special treat. I used the long Columbus Day weekend to take a trip to New York City and visited the massive CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th St. My host for two of the days I was there was TWC alumnus, Sean Herbert, a producer for Weekend Evening News. He gave me a grand tour of the sprawling facility that takes up an entire square city block. Studio after studio, control room after control room, I got to see spaces used by the Jackie Gleason Show and Edward R. Murrow.

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