Intern File #2: A Call to Action

I am now in week two of my new internship with MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily and it’s been (surprising, surprise) amazing! I took a couple of weeks off between ending at Nightly News and starting here and I’m happy that I can compare my experiences with fresh memories. The RFD team is much smaller but just as friendly. The show touches on many topics but it is primarily focused on politics – MSNBC is after all, “The Place for Politics“.

One of my favorite segments is Call to Action. RFD will bring awareness to an issue and include various ways its audience can effect change. I was particularly blown away by its call to #EndTheBacklog. Despite there being approximately 400,000 rape kits sitting untested across the country, it isn’t something you hear about… unless you’re watching an episode of Law & Order: SVU. Not only did RFD shed light on something so underreported, there has even been action taken to address it. Rep. Steve Cohen from Memphis, Tennessee recently tweeted at the show with good news:

#EndTheBlackLog

Now to get it passed in the Senate… But that’s another blog post.

And there you have it. Progress. Change won’t come overnight but often all it takes is a push – or call to action – to move in the right direction. Ann Curry once summed up why I, and many others, choose this field: Journalism is an act of faith in the future.

Rawr,
Maritza

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