Dow Jones News Fund

Cronkite School will host Dow Jones News Fund digital media students

Wednesday, May 15, 2024


For the 12th consecutive year, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will host college students who received a summer internship through the Dow Jones News Fund. The digital skills training program will be held May 18-27 on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

“The Cronkite School is one of our oldest university partners, helping DJNF transition from primarily print newspaper training to digital media years ago,” said Shirley Carswell, executive director of the News Fund.  “As we have brought on new programs, Cronkite has been a great model for how to build an effective and exciting residency that students who attend will never forget.” 

During the week-long residency, students will strengthen digital media skills like visual and audio storytelling, use research and data to engage their audiences, create visual graphics to provide additional information in a story and practice other skills important for producing quality digital content.     

After the week of training at the Cronkite School,13 students will work full-time, paid summer internships at The Arizona Republic, The Kansas City Star, public radio stations in Hawaii and Connecticut, and other organizations.

“What separates the News Fund from other internship programs is the pre-internship training we require of students to prepare them for the summer,” Carswell said. “The quality of the training provided by the Cronkite School and our other university partners is unsurpassed. It’s what keeps newsrooms coming back for our interns year after year.” 

“We are honored to see the Cronkite School continue its partnership with the Dow Jones News Fund to train the next generation of journalists,” said Cronkite School Dean Battinto L. Batts Jr. “I am forever grateful to Dow Jones for helping to inspire my interest in journalism many years ago, and I hope this program will be equally inspirational to all participants.”

2024 DJNF Digital Media Program

Daniela Cazares, University of Arizona, The Arizona Republic
Tori DeJournett, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaii Public Radio
Sherry Fan, Fordham University, International Center for Journalists
Juliana Taomin Giacone, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Epicenter-NYC
Aaron Hughes, Eastern Michigan University, The Arizona Republic
Aditi Praveen Kariyanahalli, Fordham University, Bay City News Foundation
Gabriella Lacey, University of Missouri-Columbia, The Kansas City Star
Brianna Leonard, Florida A&M University, The Current
Jenna Peterson, University of Southern California, CalMatters
Bianca Ramirez Vale, University of Texas at Austin, The Arizona Republic
Shanice Rhule, University of Connecticut, Connecticut Public Radio
Serra Sowers, University of Florida, The Current
Alayna Wilkening, Indiana University Bloomington, Mirror Indy


Mike Wong, former director, Cronkite Career Services and Alumni Engagement

Shelby Slade, Breaking News Editor, The Arizona Republic