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Dow Jones News Fund Interns to Visit Cronkite School for Multimedia Training

May 17, 2017

Top student journalists from across the country are coming to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication this week for intensive digital journalism training as part of the 2017 Dow Jones News Fund program.

Eleven college journalism students, including three from the Cronkite School, will spend May 19-27 on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, receiving the latest multimedia training before they head to paid summer internships at news organizations, including The Arizona Republic, Starbucks Newsroom, Storyful and Hawaii News Now.

The Cronkite School is the only institution in the country serving as a DJNF-sponsored digital training center for students. Six other universities offer instruction in areas such as business reporting, data journalism, news editing and sports editing.

“We’re always thrilled when the Dow Jones News Fund asks us to provide the training,” said Cronkite Career Service Director Mike Wong, who also leads the DJNF program at Cronkite. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of the program and to be the only digital training center. It’s a great opportunity for us to partner with such a prestigious organization like Dow Jones and interact with other residency directors from across the United States.”

The nine-day training program includes lessons in visual storytelling, social media analytics, basic coding and podcast production. Following the program’s conclusion, students spend 10 weeks at paid internships across the nation.

“Mike Wong and the faculty at the digital media program do a fantastic job equipping interns with enhanced skills to succeed in their summer jobs,” said Linda Shockley, managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund. “We always look forward to showcasing the project the students create in such a short time.”

Launched in 1960, the DJNF summer internship program supports seven training sites at leading journalism schools. This year, 85 undergraduate and graduate students were selected from more than 750 applicants for the program. Of the 85 selected, six program participants are from the Cronkite School. Interns returning to college receive $1,000 scholarships.

The Dow Jones News Fund is a nonprofit organization supported by the Dow Jones Foundation, Dow Jones and Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal and other news industry organizations. Its mission is to encourage high school and college students to pursue journalism careers by sponsoring workshops and providing internships. It also offers ongoing training and grant-funded programs for educators.

The 2017 Dow Jones multimedia interns and their assignments are:

Kimberly Armstrong
University of Connecticut
Cincinnati Enquirer

Rachel Cohrs
University of Southern California
Austin American-Statesman

Lillian Donahue
Arizona State University
Hawaii News Now

Lily Haight
New York University

Rose McManus
University of Missouri
The Palm Beach Post

Cheyanne Mumphrey
Northern Arizona University
Hawaii News Now

Emily Okrepkie
Lehigh University
International Center for Journalists

Chloe Ranshaw
Arizona State University

Hayley Sanchez
University of Colorado Boulder
The Arizona Republic

Nicholas Serpa
Arizona State University
Starbucks Newsroom

James Tyner
University of Southern California
The Arizona Republic