Alumna Sarah Tung Earns TIME Byline During Magazine Internship

An idea in the middle of the night, scribbled on a piece of paperthat’s what led to CMC alumna Sarah Tung ’09′s byline on Thursday, June 3 in the online issue of TIME magazine. Tung, a graduate student at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is living in Hong Kong until the end of August, while interning for TIME there.

“I literally woke up in the middle of the night thinking, Top 10 Clashes at Sea! and scribbled it down on a notepad before I fell back asleep,” Tung said in an e-mail.

It was her first pitch to the editors, and they liked it. The results can be seen here, Top 10 Clashes at Sea. The piece strings together various clashes at sea that “sent ripples far and near.” Tung authored four of the 10 featured blurbs.

When her internship at TIME ends on August 27, the CMC grad will have “one blissful week” to recover from the jetlag before returning to NYU for her last semester of j-school. In the meantime, she describes her first days at TIME as great.

“Everyone is really friendly and nice,” she says. “It’s really cool to see how the team in Asia works with the New York and London teams to make sure the site is always as up-to-date as possible. At every hour of the day, there is someone keeping an eye on the news.”

Tung helps manage web content for the dot-com site; specifically, Latest Headlines (“which means I have to put up AP wire articles at least once every hour or so”) and a political blog called The Page by Mark Halperin.

“In my free time,” she adds, “I can come up with or work on stories or projects.”