Peering into massive semi-truck engines, ducking beneath wheel wells and examining tail lights, students at Boone County Truck Driving School slowly worked through their first pre-trip inspection, huddling together in small groups against the chilly mountain air.
Peering into massive semi-truck engines, ducking beneath wheel wells and examining tail lights, students at Boone County Truck Driving School slowly worked through their first pre-trip inspection, huddling together in small groups against the chilly mountain air.
Ian Heaton was a black belt Tae Kwon Do instructor who played baseball, soccer and lacrosse as a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Md. “I did not appreciate what a great life I was living,” Heaton, now 18, said in March testimony before Congress. “It was over in a split second.”
Fast forward 238 years since the founding of U.S. democracy, and it continues to survive through the efforts of presidents past. But the office has evolved from what George Washington had in mind.
 
 
 

Robin Siteneski - Spring 2012

I haven’t always wanted to be a journalist. I never saw myself as a soccer player as most kids from Brazil, my home country, do. The first thing I remember wanting to do when I grew up was to be a video store owner. I guess the idea of being able to watch movies for free all day long seemed like a pretty good plan. As soon as I got to college, though, I was hooked on journalism.

There’s something about being able to tell people’s stories and write about topics that affect everyone’s day-to-day life. And the place to do that is journalism. I am a senior social communications student studying for a bachelor in journalism degree at Universidade de Caxias do Sul. Before getting this internship, I worked at my school’s communications agency and at O Caxiense, a weekly newspaper recently turned into a magazine.

Ever since the very beginning of my work as a reporter, I’ve been drawn to political reporting. Although most of the criticism politics gets is probably accurate, I think it’s one of the best ways to change things, hopefully for the best. That made me even more excited when I found out that the International Center for Journalists selected two students per year to be a part of the Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program.

I’m writing this on the first day in the newsroom, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about what is to come in the internship. As I get closer to graduating and have this opportunity to report in D.C., there’s little doubt I want to be a journalist. I won’t sit around watching movies most of my days, but I’m sure I’ll be able to get to know some pretty amazing stories and people as well. I also won’t just watch events unfold, but will be able to tell stories which, hopefully, have some impact on people’s lives. And, the best part of it, they’re all real.

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Brazilian president criticizes U.S. monetary policy in visit with Obama

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff tells business leaders that the depreciation of the dollar impairs emerging countries’ growth. She spoke after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff tells business leaders that the depreciation of the dollar impairs emerging countries’ growth. She spoke after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiWASHINGTON – In a visit with President Barack Obama Monday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said U.S. monetary policy may hurt the growth of emerging countries.

Homeless people write, sell paper to earn money, respect

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: The headquarters of Street Sense is at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in downtown D.C. Managing Editor Eric Falquero, standing, says the paper is written by 10 interns and some of the 137 vendors. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: The headquarters of Street Sense is at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in downtown D.C. Managing Editor Eric Falquero, standing, says the paper is written by 10 interns and some of the 137 vendors. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiWASHINGTON – It’s not unusual to hear the phrase “Help the homeless help themselves” on the streets of D.C. It is one of the catch phrases for Street Sense, a paper sold and partially written by homeless people.

Exhibit explores fascination with the Titanic

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Museum Operations Director Richard McWalters said it’s not the first time the National Geographic Museum has had a Titanic exhibit, and he expects this one to draw as many visitors as the previous one. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Museum Operations Director Richard McWalters said it’s not the first time the National Geographic Museum has had a Titanic exhibit, and he expects this one to draw as many visitors as the previous one. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiWASHINGTON – A new exhibit tries to answer the question of why people are still fascinated by the Titanic 100 years after it sank.

Verizon and Comcast defend partnership to Senate committee

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Verizon and Comcast representatives prepare to testify before a Senate committee Wednesday about a deal they say would increase competition. Others witnesses said the agreement would have the opposite effect. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Verizon and Comcast representatives prepare to testify before a Senate committee Wednesday about a deal they say would increase competition. Others witnesses said the agreement would have the opposite effect. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiWASHINGTON – The Verizon-Comcast deal could either restrict competition and raise prices or improve competition and allow customers to get one bill for their cell phones, Internet and cable television services.

Obama and Cameron defend transition, not revolution, in Syria

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Barack and Michelle Obama and David and Samantha Cameron greet the crowd on the White House South Lawn after a formal arrival ceremony for the British prime minister. The two leaders discussed foreign policy at a news conference later in the day. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Barack and Michelle Obama and David and Samantha Cameron greet the crowd on the White House South Lawn after a formal arrival ceremony for the British prime minister. The two leaders discussed foreign policy at a news conference later in the day. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiWASHINGTON – One day before the one-year anniversary of the Syrian revolt, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron defended their actions toward Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Brazilian slum police officer gets Department of State award

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Maj. Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo said it was “God’s glory” that led to her receiving the International Women of Courage Award from first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Maj. Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo said it was “God’s glory” that led to her receiving the International Women of Courage Award from first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiWASHINGTON – She has helped fight drug dealers and arrest a gang that kidnapped and tortured her, but all that courage didn’t keep Maj. Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo from bursting into tears when she received an International Women of Courage Award.

‘Game Change’ tells story of 2008 presidential campaign

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Julianne Moore, who plays Sarah Palin in “Game Change,” said she the movie is more about the American political process than about Palin. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Julianne Moore, who plays Sarah Palin in “Game Change,” said she the movie is more about the American political process than about Palin. SHFWire photo by Robin Siteneski WASHINGTON – The authors of a book about the 2008 presidential campaign said they feared that if they had pitched the story to Hollywood people would laugh them out of the room.

Loudoun County, quiet and jammed

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Leesburg, county seat of Loudoun County, has both the calmness of a small town and the traffic jams of big cities. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Leesburg, county seat of Loudoun County, has both the calmness of a small town and the traffic jams of big cities. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiLEESBURG, Va. – The sound of birds singing is occasionally interrupted by the noise of airplane turbines in the middle of the morning in downtown Leesburg, county seat of Loudoun County, Va.

Indian tribes want to regulate their oil exploration

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Tribal representatives ask for less federal involvement in oil and gas leases on their land. From left, Irene Cuch, Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council; Fred Fox, MHA Nation; Tara Sweeney, Indian-owned Arctic Slope Regional Corp., and Randall King, Shinnecock Nation Board of Trustees. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Tribal representatives ask for less federal involvement in oil and gas leases on their land. From left, Irene Cuch, Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council; Fred Fox, MHA Nation; Tara Sweeney, Indian-owned Arctic Slope Regional Corp., and Randall King, Shinnecock Nation Board of Trustees. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiWASHINGTON – Indian tribes want to take over regulation of oil and gas exploration on their land from the federal government, tribal representatives told a House committee Wednesday.

GOP presidential candidates seek support from conservatives at CPAC

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Newt Gingrich was the last speaker of the day. He praised conservative policies to hundreds of people in the audience and said he will start getting rid of Obama’s policies as soon as he takes office. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiClick on photo to enlarge or download: Newt Gingrich was the last speaker of the day. He praised conservative policies to hundreds of people in the audience and said he will start getting rid of Obama’s policies as soon as he takes office. SHFWire photo by Robin SiteneskiWASHINGTON: The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel was turned into conservative nirvana Friday during the Conservative Political Action Conference. Three of the Republican presidential candidates spoke to the crowd, all but Ron Paul.

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