From the Intern Files: Mabinty Quarshie at Meet the Press

Mabinty Quarshie


“It’s always surprising that on Sundays when I watch the show in the control room (because I’m live-tweeting) and I know that what I’ve just tweeted or seen on the show will become a news story in less than two hours from several other news organizations. It’s still a little crazy to me.”

We are thrilled to share that this Fall semester, MPS Journalism student, Mabinty Quarshie started an internship with NBC’s Meet the Press. Meet the Press is a Political Talk Show that runs on Sunday’s at 9:00am. Her main responsibilities include working on social media marketing campaigns for the show. Part of her duties also include coming up with ideas on how to promote the show to various audiences. We spoke with Mabinty about her experience working at the longest running TV program in history and what her favorite part of the job is.

MPS Journalism: What company are you interning with and what’s the day to day like?

Mabinty Quarshie: I am the social media intern for Meet the Press, the longest-running program in television programming. Meet the Press usually tends to do stories on the latest news in politics and public affairs. But there are segments posted online in which the focus might be on cultural news. For example there was a segment on the local Washington Football team’s name or the shade balls that are being released in California to help with the drought.

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Student Spotlight: Emily Codik, Arts Editor at Washingtonian Magazine

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Twitter: @EmilyCodik

This past March, student Emily Codik was hired at Washingtonian Magazine as the arts editor. She now edits the quarterly Welcome Guide and leads arts coverage for the magazine and website. We spoke to Emily about her experience at the Washingtonian and asked her to share some advice on searching for a job or an internship.

MPS Journalism: Tell us about the Washingtonian and what kind of stories do they work on?

Emily Codik: Washingtonian Magazine is a local monthly publication featuring service packages, long form, restaurant reviews, event listings, and more. The magazine also publishes daily blog posts on local news, arts, dining, and fashion at

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From the Intern Files: Ribka Gemilangsari at WBAL- TV

Ribka Gemilangsari

During Spring semester, MPS Journalism student Ribka Gemilangsari learned firsthand how to monitor breaking news on social media and conduct interviews with different sources. As a news intern at WBAL-TV this Spring she shadowed news crews covering breaking news and conducted beat calls to local police and fire stations. We spoke with Gemilangsari about her experience working for a local TV station and what her favorite part of the job was.

MPS Journalism: Tell us about WBAL-TV and its audience.

Ribka Gemilangsari: This past spring semester, I had a chance to work as a news intern at WBAL-TV, a local TV station and an NBC affiliate in Baltimore, Md. The station’s target audience is residents living in the city of Baltimore and several other counties in Maryland.

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From the Intern Files: Lisa Philip at The Chronicle of Higher Education

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This semester, student Lisa Philip has been interning at The Chronicle of Higher Education. As the first multimedia reporting intern she’s learned how to produce and pitch video news stories. One of the stories she’s covered is a story on Muslim students’ reactions to the murders of three members of their community. We spoke to Lisa about her experience at the Chronicle and asked her to share some advice on searching for an internship.

MPS Journalism: Tell us about The Chronicle of Higher Education and its audience.

Lisa Philip: The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) is a print and online publication that covers all things related to — you guessed it — higher education. It’s geared towards those who work in the field: professors, university and college administrators, and higher education policy-makers.

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Student Work – Spring 2015

  • Student Leah Freeman was hired as News Desk at Fox News. (05/2015)
  • Student Emily Codik is now Arts Editor at Washingtonian magazine. (05/2015)
  • Student Lisa Philip produced this video about how foreign students bring global exposure to their classmates for the Chronicle of Higher Education. (05/2015)
  • Student Selma Khenissi is now a contributor at K Street Magazine. (03/2015)
  • Student Judy Kurtz published an article about the future of Aaron Schock’s office at The Hill. (03/2015)
  • Student Capricia Alston was selected to attend the API-Poynter Digital Storytelling Summit at the National Press Club. (03/2015)
  • Student Catherine Trifilleti was selected to attend the API-Poynter Digital Storytelling Summit at the National Press Club. (03/2015)
  • Student Emily Codik published this article about Serendipity 3’s implosion at Washingtonian magazine. (03/2015)
  • Student Ribka Gemilangsari shot this video about a shooting ocurred in Baltimore for her internship with WBAL-TV 11. (03/2015)
  • Student Lisa Philip recently publish this article on The Chronicle of Higher Education. (02/2015)
  • Student Jeonghyun Kim is now an intern at Voice of America. She recently published this post on the VOA blog. (01/2015)
  • Student Lisa Philip co-wrote this article about the reaction of college students to President Obama’s plan to provide free community college tuition. (01/2015)
  • Student Nayana Davis wrote her first blog post for NPR about the three YouTube stars who will interview President Obama after the State of the Union. (01/2015)
  • Student Amy DeLong is now an editorial intern at AARP The Magazine. (01/2015)
  • Student Ashley Edokpayi is now a freelancer for NPR’s Code Switch blog. (01/2015)
  • Student Capricia Alston started with Comcast SportsNet as a freelance digital producer. (01/2015)
  • Student Nayana Davis is now an intern at NPR covering Washington politics. (01/2015)
  • Student Varsha Bansal is now an intern at CURRENTS magazine. (01/2015)

Student Work – Fall 2014

Digital Essentials Projects Spring 2014

Check out the final projects created in Digital Essentials this semester.

Created by: Selma Khenissi, Paulina Kosturos, Mansoor Razaque and Gwendolyn Shearman

Created by: Amber Smith, Quintin Simmons and Angelique Gayle

District of Thrift: Navigating the Beltway on a budget
Created by: Catherine Trifiletti, Stephanie Kariuki, Nayana Davis and Kimberly Alvarado

Student Work – Spring 2014

Student Work – Fall 2013

Digital Essentials Projects Fall 2013

Check out the websites created by students in this semester’s Digital Essentials class taught by Jeff Sonderman.

By Judy Altscher, Alicia Oken, Michael Rooney and Danielle Wilson


By Ariel Yong, Julie Gilkison, Brittany Bremer, Mikayla Bouchard, Jefferson James and Jie Lei


By Valerie Bonk, Ben Kamisar and Natalia Salazar


By Hussein Ali, Kathleen Rush-Hall, Nicole Lewis and Varsha Bansal