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ESPN Editorial Intern recaps All-Star experience

Intern Chronicles: Butler University's Dana Lee contributes to cross-platform coverage in Washington, D.C.

Lee experienced what it was like to be in the middle of ESPN’s production of the Celebrity All-Star Game.(Dana Lee/ESPN)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Once again this summer, Front Row’s Intern Chronicles series showcases some of ESPN’s summer interns. We publish this installment on National Intern Day. For more information on ESPN Internships, visit the ESPN Careers site.

This year’s MLB All-Star Weekend was no ordinary weekend for Dana Lee.

The ESPN editorial intern contributed to ESPN’s cross-platform coverage of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game Week in Washington D.C. Prior to the All-Star Game, the Butler University senior wrote a short article regarding teams’ use of social media tactics to promote All-Star voting. During All-Star Game Week media availability, she collected player quotes later published in a story on ESPN.com.

Lee’s All-Star experience began Sunday, July 15, watching celebrities like Josh Norman, Jamie Foxx and more at the Celebrity Softball Game in Nationals Park. Lee spent that night shadowing the team in the production truck to learn about telecasts – the Celebrity Softball Game was taped for presentation on ESPN on Monday night after live coverage of the Home Run Derby.

“It made for an interesting experience, said Lee, a Northbrook, Ill., native majoring in journalism at Butler. “In what other situation could you see [celebrity scientist] Bill Nye playing softball on the same field as [Olympic gold medalist pitcher] Jennie Finch?”

The fun didn’t stop there. The next day, Lee collected player quotes for the post on ESPN.com.

“You spend about 80 percent of the time navigating through media members in a packed room,” she said, “but I was able to talk to [All-Stars] George Springer, Mookie Betts, and Francisco Lindor.”

Lee continued her work Tuesday during and after the MLB All-Star Game as she prepared reporter’s articles for publication by creating headlines, subheads and photo captions.

Although an avid baseball fan, Lee never dreamed of having this experience so early in her career.

“Being in D.C. encapsulated everything I love about this internship,” said Lee, who hopes to become an investigative journalist. “As journalists, we get to observe everything in real time and then articulate those thoughts in stories that shape the daily conversations people have about sports.”

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