Originally published Wednesday, May 5, 2021 for Sourcing and Interview Techniques class, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

A sign advertising Anacostia Watershed Society’s Earth Day event (Photo: Allison Hageman)

On Saturday morning, volunteers holding clear trash bags while wearing gloves and blue “Earth Day 2021” t-shirts, pick up trash at Pope Branch Park and a nearby abandoned train track.

For two hours on this sunny spring day, the 40 volunteers collect alcohol bottles, red solo cups, food containers, water bottles, car parts, and the occasional mask. The volunteers are in a neighborhood that is not theirs and likely new to them. …


Originally published Friday, February 26, 2021 for Sourcing and Interview Techniques class, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

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March is National Women’s History Month and Kaitlin Calogera, the owner of A Tour of Her Own, will be leading women’s history tours in the nation’s capital.

Calogera is a 32-year-old D.C. resident and female business owner, who like many other women, has been economically impacted by COVID-19. Yet her tours the “Wild Women of Georgetown,” “Forgotten Women of Arlington National Cemetery,” and “The Suffrage Mile” continue. The same cannot be said for all of her tours.

This past year, she lost…


Originally published Thursday, April 15, 2021, for Money & Media class, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

Graphic created on Canva by Allison Hageman.

Many college students will be eligible for the first time for federal coronavirus-related stimulus checks. Independent students who meet the criteria could receive $1,400 under the latest COVID-19 relief bill. This money could help students meet financial goals — if done the right way

Being financially independent, according to the IRS, is defined as a single tax filer who provides their own financial support — and for the stimulus check, someone whose income does not exceed $75,000. A financially dependent person is an…


Originally published Sunday, April 25, 2021, for Money & Media class, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

The price of Mother’s Day flowers purchased in the DMV may be higher this year, due to a shortage of flowers in the market and high demand as in-person events begin to return.

“There’s a pent-up demand for flowers from COVID and not as many flowers were planted last year in many of the traditional growing areas,” Bob Wollam, owner of Wollam Gardens in Jeffersonton, Virginia said. “So the international market is again getting disrupted and this can only help us, local growers.”

(“Flowers” by Nouhailler is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
(“Flowers” by Nouhailler is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)


Originally published Thursday, December 3, 2020, for Reporting and News Writing class, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

Creative Commons-licensed photo by ndnwithaleica.

The last day yoga teacher Jessica Sandhu taught yoga in a studio was the Sunday in March before stay-at-home orders went into effect.

She had a feeling that the pandemic wasn’t going to last just a few weeks and immediately began to teach yoga online. A couple of months later, she launched her online yoga platform Be Free, Live Fully, like many DC yoga teachers she made the pivot from in-person to online.

“I am just recalling the sad day that was,”…


Originally published Thursday, October 1, 2020, for Reporting and News Writing class, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

Screenshot taken Saturday, September 26, 2020 by Allison Hageman.

Last year D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood had 30,000 visitors for Art All Night. There were lines out the door of every shop, packed streets, artists selling out of their artwork, and parties powered by deejays and alcohol.

This year, art all night did not last all night. In fact, it ended at 9:45 p.m.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual arts festival was held virtually, with attendees able to view performances and local art on the festival’s website. …


Originally published Thursday, September 24, 2020, for Reporting and News Writing class, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

Creative Commons-licensed photo by Tedeytan.

When COVID-19 closed Capo Deli’s bar on Florida Avenue in Shaw, beverage manager Rohit Malhotra brainstormed a way for customers to bring their drinks home instead.

In March, in the peak of the stay-at-home orders, the idea of quarantine themed to-go pouches popped into his head. At the same time the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci was in the news every day. …

Allison Hageman

Hello! My name is Allison Hageman I am a journalism master’s student at Georgetown University. Most of my stories I wrote for class and wanted to share them.

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