By the end of any National Journalism Center session, we want interns to walk away with a multitude of new skills and a wealth of information, but most importantly, we want to have created enterprising, investigative journalists. Every week of the internship program provides interns with new information on a different area related to journalism, but the common themes of responsible reporting and investigative research are included in every seminar.
Max Brindle, an intern placed with the American Spectator magazine, took the advice of one seminar speaker to seek 'opportunities to get out of the office' (in search of great stories, of course). On his own, without assignment or direction from his editors, he trekked across Washington to the senate offices and began looking through financial disclosure statements of U.S. Senators. Max had heard about senators looking to advance climate change legislation in the midst of the Gulf Oil crisis and began investigating the lawmakers leading the charge.
As a responsible reporter, Max researched senators on all sides of the aisle for motivations behind the persistence of advancing a climate change bill. While many of the reports he searched through were inconclusive (all were on average 10 pages), one specific senator stood out among the rest. The first indicator? His financial disclosure statement was nearly 100 pages.
Max continued to explore the public disclosure report of Senator Kerry, a leading champion for climate and energy reform. In his report for Spectator , he found Sen. Kerry had investments totally nearly $20 million in companies who have lobbied in favor of his energy-reforming American Power Act. Read through the Max's story - you'll be shocked at the connections Sen. Kerry has with these big energy companies. Who really benefits from this investment? The energy companies, the Senator? Surely not the American people!
Max is just one of many National Journalism Center interns researching big stories and breaking news as top media placements. Read Max's story online here , and follow NJC on Twitter to read stories from other interns this summer.
Want to uncover stories like Max? Apply today for your opportunity to be a National Journalism Center intern.