This site is brought to you by a team of Dow Jones News Fund digital interns from across the nation.
Mike Denison: University of Maryland. The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Florida. Mike is a wizard with all things technical and is always good for an obscure music fact. He has interned at USA Today, where he assisted in managing the USAToday.com news section. He has also reported for The Daily Record in in Baltimore and the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service. He also has experience covering the music industry for LiveMusicGuide.com. He hopes to return to his first love, music, in the form of a community-oriented website in the future.
Iva Dixit: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. International Center for Journalists, Washington D.C. Iva has an incredibly impressive journalistic background, which the entire group was able to draw upon. She discovered her penchant for editing while interning at ELLE magazine. As a student at Columbia, she co-founded TheFiveFortyFive, a website producing data-driven visualizations of the 2014 Indian elections, which was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Her work for the site introduced her to the world of monitoring analytics and leveraging multiple social media platforms for news.
Ross Dunham: Arizona State University. Republic Media, Phoenix, Arizona. Ross Dunham is a talented young digital journalist who jumped through hoops to make sure this project was high in quality. He had a chance to pursue a collegiate baseball career, but instead chose to attend the Cronkite School to chase his dream of becoming a sports reporter for a major newspaper. Dunham has experience as a spring training contributor to MLB.com, writing stories on teams such as the Chicago White Sox and the San Francisco Giants. He has also covered sports for ASU’s student newspaper, The State Press.
Glen Luke Flanagan: Radford University. Alabama Media Group, Mobile, Alabama. Glen Luke brought an amazing amount of energy to the group and can turn around a well-researched story at a remarkable pace. He is a May 2014 graduate of Radford University in Virginia. During his time in college he wrote for USA Today College and served as Editor-in-Chief of RU’s student newspaper. Glen Luke’s long-term goal is to cover international news. He enjoys juggling, learning new languages, and caffeine.
Jacob Green: Arizona State University. Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Alabama. Jacob Green is a talented multimedia journalist whose well-rounded abilities contributed to multiple facets of the project. He has experience covering politics, business and sports and has been published in multiple publications, including The Arizona Republic, AZ Business Magazine and the Phoenix Business Journal. His passion for journalism stems from his childhood as the son of an enlisted airman, who stressed the importance of international relations to him at a young age.
Colin Kennedy: Virginia Commonwealth University. New Haven Register, New Haven, Connecticut. Colin Kennedy is one of the most thorough young journalists you’re likely to meet, as is evident in his written piece on this site. He has a passion for sports and has covered it on a national stage for the popular sports website Bleacher Report. He also worked as an intern at Richmond, Virginia’s local NBC affiliate. Colin has experience covering multiple nationally ranked teams at various venues across the country. In addition, he reported on the 2014 Virginia General Assembly on a weekly basis for VCU’s Capital News Service program.
Courtney Marabella: Temple University, The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. Courtney has a natural eye for visuals and everyone in the group is leaving a better photographer from seeing her work. She has participated in multiple large-scale visual projects, including two efforts that involved documenting the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy. She has interned with The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, working with both papers in their photography departments.
Rex Santus: Kent State University. The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado. Rex is the token funny man of the group, adding much needed laughs to 11-hour workdays, as well as producing top-notch content. He has covered difficult stories involving Kent State’s president and exposed the unexpected firing of a popular professor. At his most recent internship at The Student Press Law Center near Washington, D.C., he reported on the First Amendment, highlighting free-expression issued affecting young people. Rex hopes to use journalism to report on prominent social issues and encourage government transparency.
Chenea’ Schacher: Arizona State University. AccuWeather, State College, Pennsylvania. Chenea’ is a videography pro, with proficiency in every aspect of making video packages from the interview to the editing bay. She has worked with the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona State Athletics Media Relations Department, XTRA Sports 910 radio (now FOX Sports 910) and served as on-camera talent for DevilsDigest.com, covering ASU football and basketball. While interning at FOX 10 in Phoenix, the station’s meteorologist encouraged her to get in front of the green screen and she hasn’t looked back.
Alexandra Scoville: Arizona State University. Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Alabama. Alex is the youngest of the group in age, but her experience and talent are on par with journalists far older. She walked into j-school wanting to be a globetrotting journalist. After two years at ASU, she discovered that covering the local scene could be just as exciting. She has developed a passion for covering community news in innovative ways.
Weslie Swift: Arizona State University. Republic Media, Phoenix, Arizona. Weslie is the head of the pack and the success of this project is a result of her incredible work ethic and effective leadership. She is a recent graduate from the Cronkite School, where she focused her studies on digital journalism. At a young age, she wanted to become a journalist and started volunteering at a small newspaper when she was in her early teens. Since then, Weslie has interned with various news organizations in metro Phoenix, including ABC15.
Photos by Kaard Bombe
Photos by Kaard Bombe
Photos by Kaard Bombe
Special thanks to:
Linda Shockley is the deputy director of Dow Jones News Fund Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey, a nonprofit foundation at Dow Jones & Co., which promotes careers in journalism through internships, scholarships and summer workshops. It is very likely that the journalists in this group will one day owe their careers to her.
Mike Wong is the director of Cronkite Career Services. His has a strong passion for working with students and has helped more than 500 young people kick-start their professional careers. The 11 extremely grateful journalists in this group are among that 500.
Kaard Bombe is from southern California and has been freelancing videography and photography since he was a sophomore in high school. Although he is not an official member of the team, he acted as its backbone. In addition to being great company, everyone in the group can say they learned a lot from him.
Also thanks to the instructors of the training program:
Dave Cornelius, Cronkite faculty associate advanced online media
Brian Rackham, Cronkite faculty associate for intermediate reporting and writing
Kristy Roschke, Cronkite faculty associate for online media and graphic design
Dave Seibert, Senior multimedia producer at the Arizona Republic/azcentral.com
Gilbert Zermeño, Investigative producer/photojournalist at CBS 5 News, Cronkite faculty associate for videography