Journey to Becoming a Journalist

I want to become a journalist and am currently interning at 'The Christian Science Monitor' and just want to record my journey :)

DC Decoder: Could corporate American learn from the NFL?


Corporate America could benefit from a little tackle football wisdom, argues Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson.

Johnson, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, wondered what would happen if CEOs and corporate boards adopted a voluntary…

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DC Decoder: LA Mayor: Where are the jobs?


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that he is concerned that the GOP candidates are not “focused on issues people really focus on - like jobs.”

Villaraigosa said the nation’s top priority should be infrastructure investments to help spur job growth.

Villaraigosa, who was…

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My boss just told me the article I sent him was my best work by far to date!!! AHHHHH :D

Today was EPIC and I need to write about it because my memory is lame haha

So I went to a White House briefing today (!!!!) with my boss andddd it was such an amazing feeling! Earlier I went to a breakfast with the Monitor Staff and the Mayor of L.A. which was also amazing. Felt right though. Ahhh. I know I’m meant to be a huge journalist or reporter. And I never expected it but I have fallen in love with D.C. I’m really loving this internship and what I am being exposed to and what I am learning about how to write as a journalist and couldn’t have made a better decision ever in my life.

DC Decoder: Meet the Occupy Congress movement


Cold and rain did not deter the Occupy movement Tuesday, as a few hundred protesters headed to the Capitol for the House of Representatives’ first day back in session after winter recess.

“I am here to occupy Congress and to tell them I am mad as hell and I will not take it no more!” said…

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Occupy Congress

The cold weather and heavy rain earlier today did not keep hundreds of protesters from heading to the Capitol on the House of Representative’s first day back after winter recess as well as the four month anniversary of the Occupy movement, as protesters from all over the country braved the cold in order to exercise their first amendment right to peacefully assemble and let it be known that they are “mad as hell” at the current state of democracy in America.

The protesters used a form of communication called mic checks, with the protesters repeating each sentence the main speaker said.

One protester, Trisha, who only gave her first name, from Martinsville, Virginia, had this to say as her reason for being a part of Occupy Congress today. Martinsville has “the highest unemployment in the state of Virginia. I am here to occupy Congress and to tell them I am mad as hell and I will not take it no more!”

The protest comes only one day after America celebrated the life of civil rights activist and leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and many of the protesters saw a connection between Martin Luther King’s movement and goals and their own goals for the government.

Denz Widener, who came from New Haven to the Occupy Congress demonstration, said that there is a connection due to King’s message of peace, and that both the civil rights movement as well as the Occupy protests has the “same philosophies of non-violence, direct action, and bringing up topics that need to be changed within the United States.”

Many protesters traveled all day to be a part of the demonstration. Mike, who also only gave a first name and resides in Sarasota, Florida, took a train for 21 hours and slept in Mcpherson Square, which is where the Occupy D.C. protesters have been residing, as his tent collected water and said at Occupy Congress: “I am freezing but I would not miss this for the world.”

Mike, like so many other protesters who came to Capitol today from places such as Atlanta and Tennessee, by plane, bus, and car, were determined to make their voices were heard today, in what ended up being one of the movement’s larger demonstrations with a few hundred people, though the activists were hoping for closer to 2,000 demonstrators.

Every one was at the demonstration for different reasons and made public their personal vendettas against the government with signs and fliers, with many yellow fliers being handed out which had the statement “CRIME PAYS FOR BANKS AND FRACKERS.”

 Occupy Wall Street protester Shams Harper, a student and restaurant worker from Norwich, New York, was at the protest to speak out against controversial legislation such as the National Defense Authorization Act. “I feel like our system doesn’t allow for people to be truly represented,” he said, “so the system in my view is flawed.”

Another protester, Kate Benerin, who works in D.C. on Capital Hill but is originally from New York, said that she tries to help convince Congress to pass laws that will protect people, but that Congress is “not there to protect the people anymore. They are there to protect the corporate interests that got them there. This is the protest of all protests.”

The protesters overall said that they “just want to be heard.” Christopher Horner, who traveled from Knoxville, Tennessee with his family on an overnight bus ride, said “We’re American citizens and we’re trying to stand up and voice our opinion that things are not going the way they’re supposed to be going.”