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Oscar moments! Many reporters here at the office loved Lupita Nyong’o’s heartfelt acceptance speech when she won the Oscar for best supporting actress.
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” - Nyong’o at the Oscars.
Covering Congress is an experience unlike anything else…which can be a little crazy when you’re only 19 or 20 years old. Even though our reporters stay professional and respectable on the job, it’s easy to have an internal “geek-out” moment when you have to work a little harder to stay cool. Here are some of our reporter’s favorites:
Preetisha Sen, Business beat:
I think I geeked out when I saw Marco Rubio vote – it was all of 10 seconds but I had just written a paper about him so I was pretty stoked.
Jessica Floum, National Security beat:
My ‘geek-out moment’ happened in the press room of the White House before President Obama honored the Miami Heat for their 2013 NBA championship. Ryan (McCrimmon) and I waited two hours alongside at least twenty other reporters and cameramen. The veteran reporters told war stories to pass the time. One told a story about how he had accidentally gotten so close to Jesse Jackson, who was standing above him, that his camera boom rammed Jesse Jackson in a very unfortunate place. That’s when I knew how in the thick of it D.C. journalists are and what I would be in for this quarter.
Stephanie Haines, National Security beat:
I have too many: The first, in my first hearing, I looked up and saw John McCain. I tried to take a snap chat of him. Second, I said hello to Martha Raddatz, ABC’s chief global affairs correspondent, in Statuary Hall post SOTU. She spoke at Northwestern in the fall and I met her there, so we’re BFF’s now, nbd. And third, I got a picture with Ann Compton, long-time ABC White House correspondent. #celebstatus #omg #hireme.
Sylvan Lane, Immigration and Demographics beat:
My geek-out moment was when I went up to interview John McCain after the unemployment bill vote a few weeks ago. I instinctively just kind of ran up to him to get his reaction, but as soon as I got face to face with him, I realized I was about to interview a man who was almost president of the United States. Luckily, there were a few reporters who got to him before me, so I had time to refocus myself before I started asking him questions.
Sophia Bollag, Health and Science beat:
The president’s State of the Union address was definitely the coolest event I’ve reported on in Washington. I had never been in the same room with that many important people before.
History was made today in Washington, D.C., when snow fell from the sky and didn’t immediately shut down the city.
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Medill News Service reporters were asked what reporting experience was the most exciting so far.
Sophia Bollag: “I liked covering Rep. Henry Waxman’s short speech on proposed limits on carbon emissions outside the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month. It was nice to cover an event outside when it wasn’t raining or snowing.” The story here: http://bit.ly/1oTjC5g
Preetisha Sen: “I loved the debt ceiling piece because it was so last minute and stressful but ultimately a very interesting story.” The story here: http://bit.ly/1nufPbf
Ellen Garrison: “This was my favorite event because it had the most impact of everything I’ve covered and the most educational and just plain exciting.” The story here: http://bit.ly/1nufPbf
Jeanne Kuang: “I liked covering Supreme Court oral arguments.” The story here: http://bit.ly/1mu9j9f
Jonathan Palmer: “This was my favorite article I posted because I felt that it was the most news worthy because of the absurd implications of seclusions and restraints and the fact that it is often not talked about. I enjoyed finding out more information about it was very involved in this story.” The story here: http://bit.ly/1eXJKYu
We asked our journalists to capture themselves next to national monuments while on assignment today.
Needless to say, they did their best.