PRINCETON, N.J. — Sixty-eight of the 78 Dow Jones News Fund interns in the summer 2020 class have started working remotely as digital and data journalists, business reporters and multiplatform editors following intensive remote pre-internship training.
Nine internships have been deferred, four to later this year, five to 2021 and may offer the possibility of working on site in newsrooms. One additional job is still being sought. Ten of the placements were made by the Emma Bowen Foundation in collaboration with the Institute for Nonprofit News. Four interns were selected by the Texas Press Association to work for their member papers.
The News Fund converted its flagship internship program to remote from on-site in late March as the coronavirus pandemic forced news organizations to close or shrink their newsrooms and ask journalists to work from home.
“The pandemic challenged our traditional pre-internship residential training and resulted in lost internships,” said Linda Shockley, managing director of the Fund. “We’re gratified by the response from media partners and News Fund alumni who worked to preserve as well as create new summer jobs, and the residency directors who quickly converted to remote training.”
The News Fund’s six training programs switched to online learning, which featured many of the same guest speakers and special projects. For a snapshot of the online programs, watch this video about the Temple University editing program directed by Dr. Edward Trayes.
Editing interns attending the University of Texas session with Dr. Bradley Wilson and Professor Beth Butler continued the tradition of producing the SWJournalist.com and designing for print. Ten interns worked together remotely to curate content.
Digital media interns spent nine days learning from experts at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism, then two weeks producing Behind the Screen, a multimedia project that explores the strains, inequity of resources and challenges that come with remote learning. It launched Wednesday.
Paul Glader, director of The McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College, led two business reporting programs. The American City Business Journals-DJNF business reporting interns are spending this summer covering minority-owned businesses in 10 markets. And 17 business reporting interns selected by the News Fund are working for 14 different media organizations.
The Investigative Reporters and Editors residency, directed by David Herzog and Charles Minshew, trained 18 journalists to obtain and analyze data, visualize information and employ other computer-assisted reporting methods.
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, each training program taught interns about health-equity issues surrounding COVID-19, particularly for communities of color. Guest speakers included DJNF alumnae Kimberly Seals Allers, an awarding-winning author and business journalist, and Nicole Bronzan, a senior communications officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Editors and reporters at The Wall Street Journal discussed journalistic ethics, crisis reporting and other subjects. Speakers included: Neal Lipschutz, deputy editor in chief; Karen Pensiero, managing editor; Emma Moody, editor, ethics and standards; Erin Ailworth, midwest correspondent; and Rick Brooks, deputy editor of newsroom standards.
Every intern has received a mentor from the DJNF alumni network, membership in the Online News Association plus donated subscriptions to The New York Times and the Associated Press Stylebook. Business reporters have joined the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and receive digital subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal; editors joined ACES: The Society for Editing; and data journalists were enrolled in Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Through the Intern Assistance Fund, interns can receive help with technology upgrades they need to work from home and other financial assistance.
Here are the interns, their schools and placements.
*= Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow
**= Texas Press Association Intern
DATA JOURNALISM PROGRAM
*Sophie Austin, American University, PolitiFact
Emma Baker, Washington University in St. Louis, El Paso Matters
Moss Brennan, Appalachian State University, The Virginian-Pilot
*Tiffany Bui, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, MinnPost
Sophie Burkholder, University of Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Theresa Diffendal, University of Maryland, USA Today
Eric Fan, Emory University, Georgia News Lab
Emily Isaacman, Indiana University, Chalkbeat
*Jewél Jackson, Syracuse University, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
*Ashley Jones, University of Missouri, St. Louis American
Sidney Madden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Investigative Reporting Workshop
Camille McManus, University of Missouri, GateHouse Media
Elizabeth Seline, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Salt Lake Tribune
Sam Sharpe, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, The Wire China
*Meena Venkataramanan, Harvard University, The Texas Tribune
*Zoi Walker, University of Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
Adria Watson, California State University, Sacramento, The Marshall Project
Emily Wolf, University of Missouri, Kansas City Public Television
DIGITAL MEDIA PROGRAM
Olivia Ali, University of Nevada, Reno, Sacramento SPCA
*Kendra Brown, New York University, Firelight Media
*Ashleigh Garrison, Columbia University, Chalkbeat
Wessam Hazaymeh, Virginia Commonwealth University, International Center for Journalists
Aiyana Ishmael, Florida A&M University, Media Wise/Poynter Institute
*Jessica Koernig, New York University, New York Public Media (WNET) (Fall)
Mariana Labbate, University of Missouri, The Arizona Republic
Daniella Medina, University of Central Florida, The USA Today Network-Nashville
Lauren Mitchell, North Carolina A&T State University, Austin American-Statesman
Amy Nakamura, Syracuse University, The Wall Street Journal (Fall)
*Osmanee Offre, New York University, WGBH
Mariya Parkhomchuk, Arizona State University, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Erika Peters, Stony Brook University, The Arizona Republic
Omar Rashad, El Camino College, CalMatters
Kevin Sanchez Farez, Georgia State University, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Jing Feng, New York University, will defer to summer 2021 for her training and internship.
AMERICAN CITY BUSINESS JOURNALS-DOW JONES NEWS FUND BUSINESS REPORTING PROGRAM
Andrew Blye, Arizona State University, Phoenix Business Journal
Spencer Brewer, University of Texas at Arlington, Dallas Business Journal
Casey Darnell, Syracuse University, Philadelphia Business Journal
Iain Carlos Vazquez Irwin, St. Olaf College, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Maria Monteros, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville Business Journal
Norah Mulinda, University of Virginia, Washington Business Journal
Colleen Neely, University of Maryland, Baltimore Business Journal
Shafaq Patel, Emerson College, Boston Business Journal
Natalie Rubio-Licht, Syracuse University, Puget Sound Business Journal
Taylor Washington, University of South Carolina, Charlotte Business Journal
DJNF BUSINESS REPORTING PROGRAM
James Faris, James Madison University, Richmond BizSense
Rachel Greenland, Appalachian State University, Voice of America
Eloisa Gutierrez, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Advertising Specialty Institute
Brooke Henderson, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, The Wall Street Journal (January 2021)
Samuel Jones, Taylor University, Detroit News
Max Jungreis, Emerson College, Business Insider
Kantaro Komiya, DePauw University, Barron’s
Bobby Manning, Syracuse University
Mili Mansaray, New York University, The Beacon
Logan Moore, Ohio University, The Wall Street Journal (Fall)
Victor Porcelli, New York University, The Gotham Gazette
Heather Schlitz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
Madeline Simpson, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Arizent
Gabriel Stern, Syracuse University, Center for Sustainable Journalism
Laurryn Thomas, University of South Carolina, The Greenville News
Erika Wheless, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, Arizent
NaTavia Williams, Morgan State University, Open Campus
MULTIPLATFORM EDITING PROGRAM
Jillian Atelsek, University of Maryland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Fall)
Christine Bartruff, University of South Carolina, Stars and Stripes
Lyndsey Brennan, Kent State University, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Nolan Brey, University of Kansas, Los Angeles Times
**Caleb Fortenberry, Ashford University, Polk County Publishing Company, Inc.
Gabriella DeBenedictis, University of Connecticut, Houston Chronicle
Jordan Erb, Northeastern University, GateHouse Center for News & Design
**Mattie Lovell, Texas Tech University, Hereford Brand
**Julia Maenius, University of Texas, San Antonio, Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post
Gabriela Morera Di Núbila, University of Missouri, The New York Times
Samantha Nelson, University of Missouri, Bismarck Tribune
Daniella Peters, University of Oklahoma, Religion Unplugged
Samuel Trilling, Temple University, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
**Megan Wehring, Texas State University, Hays Free Press
Molly Weisner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The New York Times (January 2021)
Ollie Gratzinger, Duquesne University, and Slone Terranella, Wayne State University, are deferring to summer 2021 for training and in-person internships at The New York Times.