Dow Jones News Fund interns complete training; head to prestigious internships


The 2019 class of Dow Jones News Fund multiplatform editing interns. The interns completed training at UT-Austin on Tuesday and will head to internships across the country.

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, business reporting and digital journalism. The program is operated by the Dow Jones News Fund.

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 daily newspaper, the Southwest Journalist, as well as a companion online product,

Their short time in Austin has left an indelible impression on them.

The UT-News Fund interns serve internships of 10 to 12 weeks. Grants from the News Fund and contributions from participating news organizations cover the participants’ training, including housing, meals, transportation and instruction.

Beth Butler and Bradley Wilson served as co-directors of the workshop 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.

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

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