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Merrill Students Win Dow Jones News Fund Paid Internships

Andi Cwieka and Camille Chrysostom are DJNF paid interns this summer.

Andi Cwieka and Camille Chrysostom are DJNF paid interns this summer.

Adapted from a Dow Jones News Fund Release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 15) – Merrill College students Camille Chrysostom ’17  (Data Journalism) and Andrea (Andi) Cwieka ’18 (American City Business Journal’s Business Reporting Class) have been chosen as Dow Jones News Fund interns this summer. Camille will be headed to USA Today after a week at the University of Missouri and Andi will spend a week at NYU before heading to the Washington Business Journal.

The summer internship programs are hosted at seven journalism schools in May and June. The interns will attend for a week before reporting to work at weekly salaries starting at $400. Those returning to college receive $1,000 scholarships.

Overall, the Dow Jones News Fund reports 85 undergraduate and graduate students will work this summer as data and digital journalists, business reporters and multiplatform editors in paid internships at 55 of the nation’s leading news organizations. The News Fund received more than 750 applications last fall.

This summer’s data journalism program more than doubled, with television and radio stations participating for the first time. Investigative Reporters and Editors will train 18 journalists at the University of Missouri to obtain and analyze data, visualize information and employ other computer-assisted reporting methods.

Eighteen students will attend the News Fund’s business reporting program at New York University, led by Paul Glader, an associate professor at The King’s College and an award-winning journalist at The Wall Street Journal. Glader will also instruct business reporters selected by DJNF board member Garry D. Howard, director of corporate initiatives at American City Business Journals, for publications in 10 markets. Howard is an alumnus of the 1981 editing program.

Among new media partners this year are BuzzFeed, Storyful, Starbucks Newsroom, BusinessDen, Stars & Stripes, The Augusta Chronicle, The Center for Public Integrity, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), NBC 7 San Diego (KNSD) and Hawaii News Now (KNHL and KGMB).

Linda Shockley, managing director, said, “We are excited about new directions for these valuable internship programs. We appreciate media companies investing in promising journalists by partnering with the Fund to fulfill our mission.”

About the Dow Jones News Fund Internship Program

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the news editing internship program. The program was launched by Paul Swensson, executive director of the Fund from 1961 to 1968. Swensson believed bright college students could work well as copy editors, despite never having been daily professional reporters. Dr. Edward Trayes, Temple University’s Center for Editing Excellence director, is returning for his 50th summer leading the program.

Read the full release.

Six Merrill Students Win Dow Jones News Fund Paid Internships

Dow Jones News Fund logo courtesy of DJNF.

Adapted from a Dow Jones News Fund press release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Six Merrill College students have been named Dow Jones News Fund interns for the summer – part of a cohort of 97 college journalism students from around the U.S. who will work as data and digital journalists, business reporters and news editors at 49 leading news organizations. In a press release, the News Fund says it received more than 900 applications for the internships.

The summer internship program will support eight training sites at leading journalism schools in May and June. The interns will train for one week before reporting to work for at least 10 weeks at salaries starting at $400 per week. Those returning to college receive $1,000 scholarships.

Merrill College students include:

Morgan Eichensehr ’16 and Jacqueline Tanner ’16 who will train with the ACBJ Business Reporting Program at New York University June 5-10;
Amanda Eisenberg ’16 and Jacob Bell ’16 who will train with the DJNF Business Reporting Program at New York University May 29-June 5;
Marissa Horn ’16 who will train at the Centers for Editing Excellence at Temple University from May 19 to May 28;
Jason Dobkin ’17 who will train at the University of Missouri from May 25 to June 4.

This summer’s program saw a significant increase in new media partners with the introduction of the Fund’s data journalism program. Investigative Reporters and Editors will train eight journalists at the University of Missouri to obtain and analyze data, code and visualize information and other computer-assisted reporting methods. The media partners participating in the inaugural program are: The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, inewsource, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, Honolulu Civil Beat and McClatchy DC.

Additionally, News Fund alumni were instrumental in the growth of the business reporting program. Garry D. Howard, director of corporate initiatives at American City Business Journals and an alumnus of the 1981 editing program, expanded ACBJ’s business reporting program from eight to 10 interns this year. Scott Wenger, Group Editorial Director at SourceMedia and a 1984 alumnus, enlisted four SourceMedia business-to-business publications to host News Fund interns.Among returning national and regional news media partners are The New York Times, The Journal Media Group, TheStreet, Inc., The Denver Post, Advertising Specialty Institute, Thomson Reuters, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, MSN, Brightwire, The Buffalo News, The Journal News and the Kansas City Star.