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    4/28/2010 3:10:43 PM Posted by Cheri Cerame

    by NJC spring 2010 intern Christopher Guzman

     Christopher Guzman NJC

    Upon receiving the letter of acceptance into the National Journalism Center , I was both excited and humbled to know that I would be spending the next few months in the heart of Washington, D.C. I’ve been interested in news and government since elementary school, so it was a dream come true that I would be living in the city where I can passionately feed off its energy. Leading up to the internship, I looked forward to immersing myself in next big story or getting the opportunity of interacting with a big-time congressman at a bloggers briefing. These converging factors—my ambition, goals, and interests—are what make life the District something that never grows old.

    Being placed at Human Events , the nation’s leading conservative publication, was also a blessing. Surrounded by veteran journalists in the newsroom, I gleaned an enormous amount of wisdom from those that have been in the industry longer than I have been alive. At one point, I was out with Human Events reporters chatting it up about government and policy for a good while with the campaign team of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown!

    Sitting among these editors and reports and being flooded with their vast political knowledge drove me to intensely pursue the love of learning, making me realize that there is still much to see about the world on my part. This love of learning, cultivated deep in me, has me interning part-time in my newsroom until I find something more permanent in town.

    The internship with Human Events is only one treat of the National Journalism Center. There are also the training seminars that meet weekly. During these seminars is where I have been able to reap the fruit of experience from Dr. Stephen Bird , the program’s academic director. His advice and encouragements have enriched my time here, preparing me for what lies ahead in the professional world. Additionally, I have thoroughly enjoyed the program’s speakers, becoming more thoroughly aware of the complex issues posed by current public policy.

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