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5 #Cool Things We’ve Done at Our Internships

By Kenyona Chaney

This semester, my peers and I are interning at some of the best companies NYC has to offer! Newhouse NYC helps us find the opportunities and we take full advantage and show our supervisors what Newhouse is truly made of — pure excellence.

Here are some amazing things our students have been assigned and mastered:

1. Lee Musho, a magazine senior interning at New York Magazine, got the opportunity to cover the Oscars for NYMag’s The Cut.

“I got to work with incredibly talented women from The Cut, and see what it’s like covering an event live for a digital publication. We ordered food in a conference room in New York Magazine’s office while watching the show, all of us working and chatting at the same time.

Once the red carpet started before the show, I would find images on Getty of celebrities, send them to the photo department, and then upload them into an image gallery. In this gallery, I would find every celebrity’s name and research “who” they were wearing.

For SEO purposes, since last year’s Oscars red carpet article got so many views and was back-linked, or other outlets linked out to the article, it would show up on the first page of Google. So I took out the old content from that original article, leaving only the slug as a framework, and re-published the article from last year with a different slug. Then I took all of the new photos from the Oscars and put them into the new article, which had the powerful SEO slug already built into it. Thanks to that, we showed up second on Google if anyone searched “Oscars Red Carpet,” which does wonders for our traffic.”

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Magazine senior Lee Musho helped cover the Oscars for

“Each time I uploaded a new celebrity’s picture to the article, I would re-publish it and send it back to social, updating the article live. This went on for a few hours until I found what everyone was wearing- either through Instagram, other articles online, or reaching out to public relations at different brands. While I was doing this, I also saw that Lady Gaga was wearing the Tiffany Diamond — a diamond I know and love, as a girl obsessed with jewelry — and asked the editors sitting in the room with me if I could write up an article about the rock. They said yes. It was a late night and some really hard work, but I got to learn from the best and be there while they pitched live and tackled several different stories at a time.”

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2. Yuxin Xiong, an advertising senior interning at Merkley + Partners, has created two animations for Merkley + Partners’ client Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen.

“Everything you’ve learned in Newhouse’s Portfolio 1 and 2 classes is going to be something that leads you to success. From coming up with creative concepts to using After Effects, I do cool tasks everyday. My copywriter and I are briefed on different brands and we brainstorm ideas based on the information. After that, we present our ideas to the Group Creative Head. Creative heads will tell you which idea they like and give instruction. Then we do two internal reviews with the account and digital team. Finally, we present our idea to the client. My copywriter and I created social promotions for Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen–to see them animate, please click the links below.”


3. Minji Um, an advertising senior interning at NBCUniversal, attended TECHWomen’s Lunch and Learn.

“NBCUniversal is always hosting professional events for organizations such as Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and TECHWomen, and I had the opportunity to attend a TECHWomen Lunch and Learn. Melissa Cavell, a Full-Stack Developer at NBCUniversal, presented on the role of Python in the Ad Sales team. Since I’m an advertising major with a minor in Information Management & Technology (IT), this event was right up my alley and I couldn’t wait to network with coworkers who are pursuing a career that I am very interested in. I learned all about the back-end work that goes into constructing certain NBCUniversal websites and even had the chance to speak with Melissa after the event. Because of all the interesting events that are always going on, I have been able to meet with many successful professionals and learn so much by making meaningful connections!”


4. Hannah Block, a public relations junior interning at FAO Schwarz, attended the 2019 American International Toy Fair with her internship.

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Hannah Block and FAO Schwarz toy soldiers (photo credit: Hannah Block)

“From February 16-19, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Toy Fair with the company that I am interning with, FAO Schwarz. Toy Fair is an annual event that takes place each year in the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. While I was there, I had the chance to shadow my advisor when she was walking the floor, go from booth to booth, and meet with other store vendors. We got to see new products that weren’t out yet, listen to the vendor’s presentations, and talk about potential future partnerships. I spent the rest of the time in our booth talking to people who stopped by with any questions. I really learned a lot throughout the weekend. I enjoyed walking around in my free time and talking to other store vendors that were there and asking about their upcoming plans and products. My favorite booth that I went to was White Mountain Puzzles because my family does one of their 1,000 piece puzzles together every year over the holidays as a tradition, so it was really cool to see some of their new puzzle designs and what I have to look forward to this holiday season.”


5. Kayla Miller, a broadcast and digital journalism junior interning at Good Day New York, helped report outside of Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle‘s baby shower in NYC.

“It’s been a little over a month at my internship at “Good Day New York,” and one of the cool things I get to do is go out “on the field” in a reporter truck and shoot a live shot of a developing story. Recently, Meghan Markle was staying in New York City on the Upper East Side for her baby shower. On the day of shower, I went out with a camera crew to The Mark Hotel at around 6 a.m. to set up the camera so we can get a good shot of the building. At around 7 a.m., one of the “Good Day” anchors, Jennifer Lahmers, joined our crew so she could begin reporting live from outside the hotel. As I was sitting in the truck, other news outlets started arriving in hopes that Meghan would walk out of the building. The baby shower was definitely happening that day because I saw a harp being delivered into the hotel, and our camera crew caught a glimpse of the food items for the shower such as cotton candy and chicken. This was a very exciting experience because it was not only an entertaining story, but it was my first time out on the field with a reporter and crew! ‘The time I stalked Meghan Markle…’ will definitely be a great conversation starter someday!”

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Want to join in on all of these cool things? Apply to be a part of Newhouse NYC and let the internships, networking, and fun begin!

Be sure to follow @NewhouseNYC on Instagram to see more AMAZING opportunities our students have received during their semester in NYC.



“It’s Been a Month, Now What?” Panel with SU Alum

By: Kenyona Chaney

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From left to right: Jayda Brown, Hannah Malach, Patrick Lampert, Lee Musho, Keith Zubrow, Christine Robertson, Candice Frank, Christine Mattheis, Nikki Ambrifi, Matthew DeMattia, Julia Urban, Kayla Miller and Ali Marashi.

During our internship class on February 21, 2019, we received the opportunity to hear from five stellar Syracuse University alumni! The panel included:


Our panelists (From left to right: Christine Mattheis, Keith Zubrow, Candice Frank, Nikki Ambrifi and Christine Robertson)

Each alum shared their career path since graduating from SU and gave us advice on being successful at our internship. At the end of the panel we had the opportunity to personally network with an alum of our choice.


Advice from the panelists


From left (clockwise): Matthew DeMattia, Keith Zubrow, Kayla Miller, Rashika Jaipuriar, and Michael Adzima


As an associate producer at The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert, Keith said he goes into the work field and “makes fun of places and ideas” and then brings those ideas back to the show. Here are two pieces of advice Keith gave to us regarding our internships:

  • “If you’ve made an error [at your internship], go back and try to correct it.”
  • If you don’t have any assignments, make sure the copier, staples, and other office supplies are filled because “people notice that.”


As an account director, Christine Robertson illustrated she is the liaison between clients and the rest of the VIRTUE’s agency. Here are two pieces of advice we received from Christine:

  • One way to stand out at your internship is to learn “how much can you be a problem solver.” We’re interning to gain experience and to make our supervisors’ lives easier.
  • “Notice the small details” about your co-workers. For example, celebrating their birthdays, promotions or family loss with a card or gift. Christine R. said “humanity is important” in the workplace.

From bottom left (clockwise): Danielle Villaluna, Jayda Brown, Kenyona Chaney, Minji Um, Carly Schwartz, Ali Marashi, and Candice Frank


This January, Candice started her position at Sony as a social media manager. She runs the channels for Legacy Recordings and strategizes social plans for the artists under the label. Here are two pieces of advice Candice gave to us:

  • She advised us to think of our internship as an extended interview. Encouraging us to be presentable and professional at all times in order to make an impact on our coworkers and supervisors.
  • “There are ways to explore other paths while you’re at your internship.” Candice began working in TRF at The View and found that she was interested in music and the digital department — which is one of the reason she chose to pivot to Sony.

From left to right: Christine Mattheis, Lee Musho, and Hannah Malach


Christine Mattheis is the editorial director at What To Expect where she oversees the editorial teams and is in charge of editorial for the brand. Here are two pieces of advice Christine M. gave to us:

  • In order to stand out while interning, “come armed with a few questions when you meet new people.” This can make networking easier and allow for conversations to flow smoothly.
  • If you finished all of your assignments, “do you more of your tasks.” For example, perfect a transcription, re-read a press release or continue to search for client media coverage.


Fun Fact: Nikki helped to launch the first magazine of Marie Claire. Here are two pieces of advice she gave to us:

  • If you’re ever unsure of the way you should act during your internship, “follow your supervisor’s lead.” We should be our supervisor’s assistant and be able to replicate their style of work, layouts and preferences. She also pertained this to dress codes. Don’t “overdress” and don’t “underdress,” mimic the style of your supervisor.
  • She emphasized “emojis [in emails] are overkill.” When writing an email, we have to “think of the interpretation” and realize “how someone is reading the email.” Emojis are informal and shouldn’t be included in professional emails.

From bottom left (clockwise): Ivana Pino, Nikki Ambrifi, Christine Robertson, Julia Urban, Yuxin Xiong, and Patrick Lampert

Thank you to Keith, Christine R., Christine M., Candice and Nikki for your words of encouragement and of advice.


Personally, panels such as this one help to keep me develop the skills and confidence both Newhouse and Newhouse NYC has equipped within me. My peers and I are grateful for the access and networks we have established thanks to Newhouse NYC. Although it has only been one month, we’ve made connections that take others longer to make. We’re just where we need to be.

Want to see more of our wonderful panels, field trips and even lunch & learns? Follow Newhouse NYC on Instagram @NewhouseNYC and get the 411 on all of the things Newhouse is made of in the big apple.




“Google, search Newhouse NYC’s visit.”

By: Kenyona Chaney

On Tuesday, February 12, our Social Platforms, Processes and Perspectives class toured Google. Our tour was lead by Newhouse alum Andrew Huber (ADV ’04) who is in Google’s U.S Media Partnerships.


From left: Host Andrew Huber, Rashika Jaipuriar, Julia Urban, Professor Simone Oliver, Hannah Block, Michael Adzima, Hannah Malach, Danielle Villaluna, and Kenyona Chaney

After the “oooh’s” and “ahhhh’s,” Google is now our dream workplace! From its success in being the #1 search engine to its headquarter’s phenomenal architecture, we were constantly blown away by this experience.

Our visit began with a tour of multiple workspaces throughout the building. Since Google’s NYC headquarters is over two million square feet and is one of the largest buildings in the world, we weren’t able to tour the entire building (it would’ve taken hours to do). However, our tour of the 11th and 15th floor was more than our college minds could handle. We learned that Google has gyms, showers, multiple cafes and restaurants, random walls full of plants and even doctor offices within the vicinity. If needed–or if they wanted to–employees could literally live at Google.

Fun fact: Google purposely makes healthy food options more visible in the kitchen areas to encourage employees to eat healthier.


BDJ senior Rashika Jaipuriar lounging in one of Google’s many cozy spots.

Can you name all seven of Google’s platforms? *(The answers are at the end of the blog).

The Scoop from Andrew Huber

After our tour, we drilled Huber on the ins and outs of working at Google and his career success.


Into the gates of Google…

Andrew Huber has been at Google for more than five years. He works within the sales department and is responsible for revenue generation across all platforms (including YouTube, Xbox, Twitch, iOS & Android) via media, sponsorship, and branded entertainment experiences. The sales team works hand-in-hand with Google’s engineers and product team. Huber says what makes his department so successful is that they focus on a “more consultive approach” and a “hyper-focused relationship” that “shows clients what the data says and then provides recommendations.”

When we asked about the vibe of the office and workspace, Huber informed us that Google’s workspaces attempt to uphold its mission statement.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” (Google).

Huber said Google “tries to invest in employees and inspire a good work life balance.” In his eyes, Google is a “nice little utopia.” A utopia for search and a utopia for work, Google definitely has won us over.

Check out Newhouse NYC’s Instagram for more videos from our tour.

*Google’s seven platforms: Chrome, YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Assistance, Android, and Google’s Search Engine.


Oh, the Places You’ll Go (on the 6 Train)!

By Kenyona Chaney

For most Newhouse NYC students, it has officially been a month since we’ve arrived in the Big Apple. We’ve fully adjusted to our new homes in the Upper East Side, as well as our internships and other new adventures. Here are six places the 6 train has taken some of us over the past month:

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Kayla Miller, a junior broadcasting & digital journalism student interning at “Good Day New York,” took the 6 train to Union Square to two BuzzFeed PROFILE shows.

“My experience going to the BuzzFeed PROFILE tapings were absolutely amazing! I live and breathe BuzzFeed, so it was very exciting to be invited to not only one but two tapings so far. The first taping featured Michelle Yeoh from “Crazy Rich Asians,” and she was a delight. I got a second row seat, and the entire audience took a group picture with her. While I was there, I spotted BuzzFeed creator Steven Lim from the BuzzFeed series, “Worth It,” and I even got a picture with him. Let me remind you, I just moved into the EHS dorm two days before this taping and I was already living my best life!

The second taping I attended featured Amanda Seales from the hit HBO show, “Insecure,” and she was promoting her new HBO comedy special, “I Be Knowin’.” Fun fact: I saw Amanda again at my “Good Day New York” internship two days later. I cannot wait to attend more tapings and explore other parts of NYC. So far so good!”


Jayda Brown, Kayla Miller, and Kenyona Chaney at Buzzfeed’s PROFILE show (photo credit: BuzzFeed)



Michael Adzima, a junior broadcasting & digital journalism student interning at MSG Networks, took the 6 train to the East Village to see some music landmarks.

“Being a big music fan, I knew that I should spend some of my free time exploring some of New York’s music history landmarks. Last week I took a trip down to the East Village to check out two sites that have served as album covers for a couple of my favorite bands. My first stop was at 96 St. Marks Place to see the building featured on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s iconic 1975 album Physical Graffiti.”


The building featured on Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti (photo credit: Michael Adzima)

After that and a stop for lunch, I went to the corner of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street, which is where the cover for the Beastie Boys album Paul’s Boutique is located. Having visited the city before, these were always places that I wanted to check out but never got around to it, but, now that I’m living here for a few months, I finally got the chance to see these music landmarks.”


The wall featured on Beastie Boys‘ Paul’s Boutique (photo credit: Michael Adzima)



Danielle Villalunaa senior public relations student interning at Focus Features, is known for her love of exploring food. Check out some of the places the 6 train has taken her–and her tummy.  

“I’ve spent a lot of my time in New York City so far exploring new places to eat! I’ve always been a big foodie, and New York is exciting because there’s pretty much a place for absolutely anything you’re craving. I had the best Japanese udon noodles I’ve ever tasted in my life at TsuruTonTan by Union Square; I’ve had the most incredible cinnamon French toast topped with apples and bananas for brunch at a little French cafe in Midtown called Le Parisien. I had incredibly tasty Taiwanese beef rolls at Win Son in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; I was blown away by the handmade tagliatelle noodles at Aunt Jake’s in Little Italy. And I found a legendary burrata with brown buttered dates at Nino’s 46, a little modern Italian spot right by Times Square.”

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Handmade tagliatelle pasta with special house marinara at Aunt Jake’s (photo credit: Danielle Villaluna)

“Even with so many places to try, I’ve already gone more than once to a few of my favorite places this semester. Having grown up with Filipino cuisine, Filipino food is a big comfort food for me; just the taste and smell of the food takes me back to my childhood. When I found an amazing Filipino spot in the West Village called Maharlika, it was like having a piece of home right here in the big city. I’ve been to Maharlika five times now! I definitely recommend going there for a traditional Filipino breakfast with rice, egg, and longanisa (sweet sausage).”

“Another one of my favorite repeats is Spot Dessert Bar. I have a huge sweet tooth, and I’m obsessed with their miso butterscotch cake and matcha lava cake. Eating out and trying new foods has undoubtedly been one of my favorite things about living in New York City and I can’t wait discover more incredible eateries this semester. If you want to keep up with my foodie adventures, follow my foodstagram (food Instagram) at @For_The_Eatsthetic!”


The “potted plant” dessert at Spot Dessert Bar (photo credit: Danielle Villaluna)



Kenyona Chaney (yep, that’s me!), a junior public relations student interning at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, has been taking the 6 train to amazing NYC museums.

“After I learned that there were opportunities for us to visit museums for free, I’ve challenged myself to visit a museum each weekend. So far I’ve visited the Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.”


Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Ken Moody and Robert Sherman” photograph (+me!) (photo credit: Kenyona Chaney)


“After waiting in line for 40 minutes, I was able to understand the hype. The Guggenheim’s architecture and artwork is truly memorable! To get to all of the artwork, you have to walk up a spiral ramp until you get to the top. I’m not a fan of heights, but the view from the top of the museum was beautiful. From pottery and sculptures to photography and paintings, the Guggenheim had everything I needed and more. The clean and bright aesthetic of the building made it easier to appreciate the art. The Guggenheim was a great way to start off my museum challenge. ”


Elizabeth Catlett’s ” Black Unity,” 1968 (photo credit: Kenyona Chaney)

“On the first Saturdays of each month, the Brooklyn Museum is free! After brunch, I went with two Syracuse University alumni and had the time of my life. There was live music, beautiful people, and every part of history all in one building. From ancient Egypt to furniture from the ’70s, the Brooklyn Museum did not come to play with visitors. Since February is Black History Month, there were live performances from black artists and exhibits dedicated to black artists, graphics designs, photographers and painters. A destination I would recommend to all future Newhouse NYC students. ”



Hannah Malach, a senior magazine student interning at Women’s Wear Dailyis your go-to-girl for fashion and cheap shopping spots. Let’s see which thrift shops the 6 train took her…



L Train vintage clothing shop (photo credit: L Train Facebook)

“L Train is probably best known for their huge selection of all things vintage. While it’s probably best described as a thrift store with some vintage items thrown in, you can find a multitude of great items here for student-friendly prices. I highly recommend checking out their racks of graphic sweatshirts, jackets, and track pants — I found a ’90s Adidas pair for only $10! I also suggest following their Instagram if you want to keep up with their latest stock.”


East Village Vintage Collective (photo credit: East Village Vintage Collective Facebook)

“Although it’s a little more expensive than L Train, East Village Vintage Collective stocks a selection of unique vintage items for relatively reasonable prices. The store itself is two floors, and they also carry a great collection of vintage knick-knacks, vinyl, and photos, if décor is more your speed. Although tiny, their range of vintage denim is great for smaller women’s sizes compared to L Train. If you’re looking for a vintage shop that’s carefully curated but affordable, East Village Vintage Collective is the place to be!”


Jayda Brown, a junior advertising student interning at TLC Network, took the 6 to visit the Brooklyn Bridge.


“Although I have lived about an hour from NYC my whole life, I haven’t visited most of the typical landmarks. I have a mild fear of heights, so I was nervous approaching the bridge. But once I took my first few steps onto the bridge, I realized that I had made the right choice. The view was absolutely breathtaking.


Brooklyn Bridge (photo credit: Jayda Brown)

The bridge itself is gorgeous. I loved the fact that so many people had left their mark in some way. Although there were signs everywhere that warned against it, some people still left locks “locking in their love” on the bridge. There were also names and messages written in marker on the walls of the bridge.

Once we crossed the bridge, we reached Brooklyn Bridge park. The park had a tiny, rocky beach with a beautiful view of the Manhattan Skyline. Some of us skipped stones, while others took turns taking each others’ pictures against the skyline.”


Jayda Brown on the Brooklyn Bridge (photo credit: Jayda Brown)

Want to see more of what our Newhouse NYC students are doing in the Big Apple? Head over to our Instagram @NewhouseNYC to get the ins and outs of mentor meet ups, group lunch & learns, new NYC spot visits and more!

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HarperCollins senior editor Patrik Henry Bass joins Newhouse NYC faculty

photo-patrik-bassBy Divya Murthy

From embarking on glamorous trips on assignment for Essence magazine to riffling through yet-to-be-released books at HarperCollins, Patrik Henry Bass has traveled a long way on the storytelling spectrum. Now, Bass joins the Newhouse in New York City faculty this spring as professor of Race, Gender and the Media.

As a senior editor at HarperCollins, Bass’s daily life involves handling proposals for new books and stories and bringing many of them to life. Previously, he worked at Essence magazine for 18 years, starting as the books editor and going on to become a producer and director of editorial projects. He has also co-authored two books: In Our Own Image: Treasured African-American Traditions, Journeys and Icons (Running Press, 2001) and Like A Mighty Stream, The March on Washington, August 28, 1963 (Running Press, 2002).

This semester, Bass will take on the role of professor during the evenings, discussing the crucial questions of race and gender facing the media industry. Here, Bass talks about his journey, his hopes for the class, and the challenges facing both the industry and young professionals beginning their journalism careers.

Tell us about your career and how you got to where you are.

Technically my current title at HarperCollins is senior editor. But I like to think of myself as a storyteller. I’ve been helping people tell their stories as a magazine editor, newspaper journalist, and communications specialist for more than 25 years. My career was born out of an insatiable curiosity to see other worlds, to meet other people, while at the same time reflecting the world that shaped me—small-town Southern life where many people dreamed bigger than what was often reflected in the larger media space. I entered magazines at the very end of its Golden Age—not just the expense accounts, lavish travel assignments, and boundless car vouchers—but also talented editors truly committed to getting the story right and making investments in talent across the board.

How has your work experience informed your views on race, gender and the media?

A combination of my work and life experience has adequately prepared me for undertaking the awesome challenge of discussing race, gender, and the publishing industry. Essence magazine is the premier media brand for African-American women. I began there as the books editor and it was a priceless education in seeing how a largely female-led senior management team led the publication in a volatile media landscape. I am a huge consumer of media—from mainstream to works from people of color, from high to low brow—and I can always tell when people either “overthink” a particular perspective or race, or have not thought about race at all. That’s what we’ll explore this semester. It’s not about who got it wrong or right, but who’s thinking inside the box of a rapidly evolving media space.

What’s a day in your life like?

This is boring, but literally no two days are the same. Today I’ve been reading manuscripts, rejecting manuscripts (the part of the job I like the least), preparing several books for a fall 2019 release, and getting ready for the winter 2020 list. In between there are meetings, endless emails to return, and this was a day when I got around to lunch at about 4:30 p.m.

What’s your one piece of advice for journalism students starting out today?

Read, read, and do more reading. Not just online reading, but everything—books, plays, magazines—you can get your hands on.

How can young media professionals tackle issues of discrimination at work?

It begins with a search for the truth. Newsrooms managers, editors and producers should never project a particular angle on a story before knowing all of the relevant facts. This not only goes for race, but class as well. People of color are overrepresented in stories about sports, poverty and violence and underrepresented in stories about relationships, interiors, and opinions. The latter is critical because audiences aren’t truly seeing the way people love, live, and think.

How have the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements changed the workplace with regard to race and gender issues?

I was raised by a multi-faceted mother who commanded respect and was far ahead on ideas of equal treatment and pay. I was also fortunate to work at a women’s magazine, where gender roles were in reverse. That said, we must continue to look at all aspects of what it means to have the opportunity to evolve to one’s greatest potential in the workspace, absent any harassment or hostility because of race or gender. Hopefully, we’re getting there. Time will tell.

What have you learned about race that’s essential to thriving in the media industry?

There is only one race—the human race, and all humans have the same basic needs.

Divya Murthy is a senior magazine major at the Newhouse School and a former intern at Hachette Book Group.


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