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Ann Curry, can I be your intern?

April 17, 2013

Dear Ann Curry,

In December, I used the power of Twitter to present you with the Allison Hammond Lifetime Achievement Award. Today, I am using the power of Twitter to explain to you why I would be a fantastic Ann Curry intern.

Seven reasons why I would be a fantastic Ann Curry intern:

1. We both desire to let people’s voices be heard. For my journalism class last semester, I maintained a blog called Jayhawks Decide, where I covered the election from the perspective of millennials. Many people think they know what millennials want, but until we actually talk to millennials and specifically ask them, we know nothing. So, I used Jayhawks Decide to get millennials’ voices out there.

2. We both put the quality of the work before page views, retweets, followers and other quantitative statistics. On my personal blog, I write about what I find to be significant in day-to-day life, and I chronicled my innermost thoughts from my birthright trip to Israel. Writing has always been a part of my very being.

3. We both feel a sense of duty to have a life that might contribute something, as you expressed in your speech at the University of Oregon a few months ago. I have thought about the direction I want to take in journalism many times, initially thinking reporting and now looking more into producing. As a producer, I would have the ability to help decide what is covered, where reporters go, whom reporters talk to and what angle stories take. I have a responsibility to make my work matter.

4. We share a commitment to journalism. When I visited the Newseum a few years ago, I took a picture of something that should be plastered in every journalist’s mind: “The free press is a cornerstone of democracy. People have a need to know. Journalists have a right to tell. Finding the facts can be difficult. Reporting the story can be dangerous. Freedom includes the right to be outrageous. Responsibility includes the duty to be fair. News is history in the making. Journalists provide the first draft of history. A free press, at its best, reveals the truth.” It remains part of my mantra regarding journalism.

5. We both believe journalism is a service job. As I learned on my study abroad in Italy last summer, the most important things in my life are the people in it, doing good, appreciating the moment and really living. Journalists have the ability to change the world by reporting on what is happening in it. It is essential that we take our roles seriously and use them to do good.

6. We both care about the world in which we live. My experiences as a student at the University of Kansas and as a Fellows and Study Groups Student Coordinator at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics have taught me more about the world and people’s different passions in it. For example, Spring 2013 Dole Fellow Brigadier General Roosevelt Barfield was well versed in military engagement in Africa. I knew nothing about this subject before his study groups, but after working with him for a semester, I have more of an understanding of current events in Africa.

7. I have admired your work for several years. The reason I gave you the Allison Hammond Lifetime Achievement Award is because you use journalism to give people what they need and to better others’ lives; you exemplify faith in journalism and faith in humanity in general. It would be an honor to be your intern.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Allison Hammond

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