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Cydney Fisher: ‘Revolutionizing the way we view everything’

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Cydney Fisher, a Church View native, is serving her second stint as an intern at CNN in Atlanta.

by Tom Chillemi

Cydney Fisher, a 2010 graduate of Middlesex High School, is working as an intern at CNN in Atlanta.

She is currently helping to develop “Faces of Impact,” a social campaign for CNN’s “Impact Your World” program that gives people an opportunity to interact and respond to news. Through Impact Your World, people are informed and connected to organizations that allow them to act easily and on demand, and then share with the CNN community their personal impact on the world.

Last semester Fisher was a CNN iReport intern. “This position revamped my ideals of journalism,” she said. “My position could have honestly become anything I wanted it to be. I took part in every endeavor I could.”

She shadowed many departments, including CNN International and Turner Images, which was her favorite. “I wrote extensively to the point that I began to question everything my English and journalism teachers taught me. It was like being in class with Mr. (Carl) McWhorter again at MHS. However, as with him, I improved significantly.”

In addition to writing, Fisher also was able to generate content for CNN. She created galleries for CNN.com (http://cnn.it/JgQiFi) and vetted an iReport that turned into live visual content on CNN during Typhoon Haiyan (http://cnn.it/1kKZErn), and wrote an article for CNN.com (http://cnn.it/1hIrbr7).

“I made sure that I used my time wisely while I was here networking and attending a variety of seminars and intern gatherings. I absolutely loved my job! I know this because I was up everyday at 6 a.m. to be at work by 8 a.m., and I am not a morning person at all,” she said.

“It is so much fun,” said Fisher, a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta where she is majoring in comparative women’s studies. “There is never a dull moment and when breaking news hits, I have the best adrenaline rush.”

For instance, she was working in the CNN Newsroom on the first day of the government shutdown last October. “It was beyond phenomenal. People all over the country were sending in their stories on how the shutdown was or could potentially affect them,” she said. “Vetting (evaluating) those stories was one of my greatest highlights.”

Fisher had a similar responsibility when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. “One of the iReport’s I vetted turned into content on Anderson Cooper 360, which blew my mind,” she said.

Fisher lobbied hard to land the intern position and was not discouraged when she received rejection letters. “I applied so many times that I believe they gave me the job just so I would stop filling everyone’s inboxes with notes of my newest journalism triumphs at school or with other internships,” she said.

Fisher said that working for CNN was a goal she set as a college freshman. “Somehow that confidence turned into my reality,” she said.

Mother’s advice
Fisher’s mother advised her to not major in something just for the money. “Even though I tried so many times to stray away from journalism, I seemed to go back to it,” Fisher said. “My mother’s words really stuck with me too. What I loved most were the freshmen and sophomores coming up to me and asking me to help them with their applications or to mentor them. This is how I know what I am doing is making others strive for greatness.”

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posted 03.26.2014

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