Josh Scheinblum ‘11 recognizes where he has come from, and now, thanks to an internship through Gettysburg College's Center for Career Development (CCD), knows where he is going.
A transfer student from West Hartford, Conn., Scheinblum immediately felt at home on campus and became involved in activities from Greek life to compilation and editing of web videos for the College.
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It was ultimately a YouTube video contest sponsored by the CCD that set the political science major on the path toward the career he would pursue after graduation. The prize for the winner of the contest: an internship with Laura Strickler '95, a producer with CBS News' Investigative Unit.
After a day of interviews on campus, Strickler had found her intern, and - though he may not have known it at the time - Scheinblum had found his future career.
"I have no idea what she saw in me that day, but she certainly made an impact in my life, said Scheinblum. "She made me into a good reporter."
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In the summer of 2009, Scheinblum headed to Washington, D.C. to begin what would become the first of two consecutive summers as an intern in CBS News' Investigative Unit.
The first summer focused on a story that Strickler was working on involving untested rape kits at police departments and crime labs. The idea for the story was inspired by reports of untested kits in Los Angeles. If this was a problem in a major city like Los Angeles, thought Strickler, it must be elsewhere too.
Together, Strickler (pictured with Emmy) and Scheinblum took on the arduous task of calling police departments and crime labs across the country to compile data on untested rape kits sitting in storage. Much of Scheinblum's 40-hour workweek was spent calling and cataloging data for the story that would become "Rape in America: Justice Denied".
"Josh's enthusiasm for journalism and this project was amazing," said Strickler. "He was so driven and it was such a big help to have someone who was just as enthusiastic about the project as me, especially during what was a long and sometimes frustrating process."
The results of their research were staggering, and their hours of hard work did not go unrecognized.
Late one night, a year after "Rape in America: Justice Denied", Scheinblum's phone rang. A breathless Strickler was on the other end of the line. At first, Scheinblum was afraid something was wrong. In fact, something was very right.
Amidst the excitement on the other end of the line, Scheinblum discerned one sentiment, "We won an Emmy!"
The award, for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, was a huge accomplishment. However, for Scheinblum, the real win was the experience he gained working with Strickler.
"Gettysburg has given me an excellent education, but I didn't learn how to edit, shoot, make good b-roll, and do voiceovers and stand-ups at school. I learned that at CBS," said Scheinblum, who also had the opportunity to meet legendary correspondent Bob Schieffer (pictured left in photo). "Gettysburg found me an internship, and I'm very lucky to have had that experience."
Scheinblum is in the process of looking for jobs in media organizations. While he's not sure if he'd rather report or produce, he knows that the world of journalism is where he is ready to be, thanks mainly to his liberal arts education and the internship the College found for him.
"Wyatt Andrews [CBS News Supreme Court correspondent] explained it to me perfectly," said Scheinblum. "He said what you are doing at a liberal arts school, no matter what you study, is learning how to be a reporter. You learn how to do research, how to collect information and how to write that up in a format that is both easily articulated and simple to understand for your audience."
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Contact: Nikki Rhoads, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803Posted: Thu, 4 Nov 2010
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