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DJNF 2019

Nine interns head off to media outlets coast to coast

2019 interns
(Front) Marlese Lessing, Cameron Hoover, Alex Nicoll; (Middle) Bradley Wilson, Griff Singer, Georgia Geen, Sidney Madden, Anh Nguyen; (Back) Mark Grabowski, Beth Butler, Theo DeRosa, Emma Swislow, Nora Smith

Nine college students and recent college graduates are headed to editing internships after completing 10 days of intensive preparation at the University of Texas at Austin.

The interns are among a group of undergraduate and graduate students placed in internships in copy editing, sports copy editing, business reporting and digital journalism.

The highly competitive national program is operated by the Dow Jones News Fund. The more than 750 applicants had to take a test and complete an extensive application.

Newspaper professionals, visiting faculty and UT journalism faculty moderated the sessions in this 22nd residency program at UT-Austin.

In the latter half of the pre-internship training, participants produced three issues of a model newspaper, the Southwest Journalist, as well as a companion online product, swjournalist.com.

The UT-News Fund interns serve internships of 10 to 12 weeks.

The 2019 participants, their schools and their internship assignments are as follows:

  • Theo DeRosa, University of Missouri, Omaha World-Herald
  • Georgia Geen, Virginia Commonwealth University, Roanoke Times
  • Cameron Hoover, Kent State University, Gatehouse News and Design Center
  • Marlese Lessing, University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut Communications
  • Sidney Madden, University of Illinois, Buzzfeed
  • Anh Nguyen, Temple University, Los Angeles Times
  • Alex Nicoll, University of Arkansas, Houston Chronicle
  • Nora Smith, Appalachian State University Honors College, Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail
  • Emma Swislow, Amherst College, Stars and Stripes

Grants from the News Fund and contributions from participating news organizations cover the participants’ training, including housing, meals, transportation and instruction.

Participating newspapers also pay interns a weekly wage for their internship work. Students returning to their universities after the internships are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship provided by the News Fund.

Beth Butler and Bradley Wilson served as co-directors of the workshop with assistance from with assistance from Kathleen McElroy, director of the UT School of Journalism, and Alexis Chavez, administrative associate.

Faculty also included Mark Grabowski, associate professor at Adelphi University; Griff Singer, retired senior lecturer at the University of Texas School of Journalism and former director of the Center for Editing Excellence; Heather Taylor, manager of digital media and programs of the News Fund in Princeton, New Jersey.

Interns also visited Corrie MacLaggan and staff at the Texas Tribune and heard from guest speakers, including Dan Cunningham, retired senior editor of the Houston Chronicle; and Paul Weber, Associated Press Austin reporter.

UT DJNF 2019

Follow each of the links below to view the six-page daily newspaper that the interns produced the last three full days of the workshop.