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Friday, the final hours to bring it all back together – then leave.

March 21, 2013

The wonderful and talented Mr. Allen Beerman arranged a breakfast meeting with the Gallup Poll senior editor, Steve Crabtree on Friday morning. The fellows and mentors taxied their way to the Gallup building to meet with Crabtree.  The office building was pretty outstanding, as it was a new section built adjacent to an older brick wall within the building.

The dual facades of the Gallup building

The dual facades of the Gallup building

Mr. Crabtree provided an informative Powerpoint presentation on the Gallup Poll, explaining its history and how it has come to be an important part of our understanding of the world around us. We reviewed current polling data on our topic of gun control, as well as other interesting polls about quality of life and other data that Gallup provides to customers and the world through its internet service.

After wrapping up our time with Mr. Crabtree, Mr. Beerman headed back to the capitol while the rest of us grabbed a cab to the hotel.

We were to have lunch with the National Newspaper Association Foundation.  This was our final event as a group.  The five of us fellows were asked to speak to the foundation members, telling of our experiences and what we learned.  For some reason, the ladies in the group decided that I was to be volunteered to go first. (Thanks friends!)

I expressed my gratitude at the opportunity to be a part of this pilot program. The opportunity to meet with staffers and have a mentor provide us with the benefit of their experience was the best part of the trip for me.  To be able to learn from these experienced journalists, teachers, publishers and newfound friends was a highlight that none of us would soon forget.

As we wrapped up the luncheon, we were able to meet with various members of the foundation. I tried to make sure that I thanked everyone that had been involved in this process.  If I ultimately forgot someone, that is my error and I apologize.

In my college career, I have been given many opportunities to work with amazing people.  The 2013 Fellows program has been the pinnacle of my college experience. In the coming years, it is my hope to see this program continued for other college students.  Ultimately, I would like to be a mentor to others, much like those we had on this trip.  Through the hard work, dedication and teaching abilities of our mentors, we five learned much about this process called journalism.

Be sure to give me a call next year, maybe I can be of service.

Cold winds didn't stop the Fellows and Mentors

Cold winds didn’t stop the Fellows and Mentors

My attempt at looking like a broadcast news reporter!

My attempt at looking like a broadcast news reporter!

Liz Parker and Allen Beerman present Jan Neuharth with a NNA pin

Liz Parker and Allen Beerman present Jan Neuharth with a NNA pin

Mr. Baranczyk introduces members of the foundation

Mr. Baranczyk introduces members of the foundation

Newseum building from afar

Newseum building from afar

Cold winds couldn't keep us away.

Cold winds couldn’t keep us away from DC at night.

What journalist wouldn't be in awe of this old printing press at the Newseum?

What journalist wouldn’t be in awe of this old printing press at the Newseum?

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