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Temple University Journalism Student, Working as NBC News Intern at Manafort Trial, Goes Viral

"I thought I’d have a cool Instagram photo," Semyon said during an interview on the Today show Friday morning. "I didn’t think it’d go viral."

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    Temple University Journalism Student, Working as NBC News Intern at Manafort Trial, Goes Viral
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    Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.

    Cassie Semyon, a Temple University journalism student interning for NBC News, never thought she'd become a part of the Paul Manafort trial. She simply wanted to do a good job helping to cover it.

    Then, a photo of her sprinting from the courthouse to share news of the verdict with reporter Andrea Mitchell hit the Insta.

    "I thought I’d have a cool Instagram photo," Semyon said during an interview on the Today show Friday morning. "I didn’t think it’d go viral."

    In the break-neck pace of the news cycle these days, Semyon's sprint was fitting.

    Asked what she was thinking as she darted to tell of the verdict (Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump was found guilty on eight of 18 counts), Semyon said, "Trying not to fall, I guess. Honestly, I was just trying to get outside and do my job."

    But soon, social media was blowing up with #GoBlueDressGo.

    The reason for the sprint? Electronic devices were barred from the federal courtroom in Washington D.C. where the trial was held.

    Semyon's last day interning for NBC News was Friday.

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