PRINCETON, N.J. – The Dow Jones News Fund will train 99 college students to work this summer in paid internships in 67 newsrooms around the country. The News Fund is offering a new audience engagement training program, in addition to its programs in business and data reporting, digital media and editing.

This year’s class includes 12 students who will participate in the News Fund’s inaugural audience engagement training at Temple University. Interns will learn the art of social media and audience development at every step of the process. Sarah Landwehr, Temple assistant professor of instruction, and Victoria St. Martin, an adjunct instructor at Temple and reporter at Inside Climate News, will co-direct the program with sessions on understanding analytics and developing a strategy; search engine optimization best practices; graphic design for social media; photo selection and editing; AP Style and news judgment; newsletters and news curation; and finding user-generated content and trending topics on social media.

The Class of 2023, in keeping with the News Fund’s goal of producing well-trained journalists who better reflect the demographics of the communities they cover, is 64% students of color and 66% women. International students make up 9% of the total and 2% of the class is nonbinary. Schools represented include major public universities, the Ivy Leagues, historically Black universities and Hispanic-serving institutions. Click here to learn more about this year’s class.

Shirley Carswell, News Fund executive director, said, “For more than 60 years, the News Fund has made it our mission to identify and nurture young journalists. Our placement of 99 students in newsrooms around the country this summer despite major industry layoffs signals that editors recognize the internship program’s importance as a valuable resource for emerging talent.”

The News Fund’s business reporting program continues to be its largest, with two cohorts comprising 37 interns who will spend a week in New York City, learning the fundamentals of business reporting and sharpening their reporting skills. The first group includes interns heading to 17 different newsrooms and the second group of interns will work at American City Business Journal publications in 10 markets around the country. Paul Glader, a professor and director of the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College, directs both programs. Garry D. Howard, director of corporate initiatives at American City Business Journals and a News Fund board member, founded and co-directs the ACBJ program. He is an alumnus of the Fund’s 1981 editing program.

Twenty-one interns attending the Digital Media training will be prepped to handle video, photography, social media, data visualization and web design by a team at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, led by Michael Wong, recently retired director of career services.

The News Fund’s data journalism program will be led by Investigative Reporters and Editors at the University of Missouri in Columbia. David Herzog, professor and NICAR adviser, and Liz Lucas, senior training director and an adjunct professor of data journalism, will train 14 interns to obtain and analyze data, visualize information and employ other computer-assisted reporting methods.

Fifteen interns will attend the News Fund’s multiplatform editing training at the University of Texas, Austin, led by Dr. Bradley Wilson of Midwestern State University. Interns will learn to assess copy for accuracy, tone and style, write headlines and design pages and publish high quality content on deadline.

Legendary training director Ed Trayes, who led the Fund’s editing program at Temple University for decades, will take on a new role this year, working across the five programs to develop and nurture interns’ journalistic curiosity.

Among the 67 newsrooms hiring interns, first-time media partners include Crain’s New York Business, the Daily Journal (Tupelo, Mississippi), Epicenter-NYC, NerdWallet and TAPinto Newark. Several news organizations will host four or more interns, including American City Business Journals, Arizent, Bay City News Foundation, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The News Fund also will partner again this year with the Emma Bowen Foundation to provide training to a select number of its interns.

Here are the 2023 News Fund interns, their schools and placements.

Audience Engagement Program
Myron Caringal, San Francisco State University, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Morgan Gage, Rice University, Houston Chronicle
Sarah Harwell, University of Central Florida, The Current
Thomas Moody-Jones, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Daily Journal
Divya Murthy, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Detroit Free Press
Olatunji Osho-Williams, Northwestern University, Houston Chronicle
Prachi Singh, University of Southern California, Bay City News Foundation
Victoria Valenzuela, University of Southern California, The Marshall Project
Reagin von Lehe, University of South Carolina, New York Cannabis Insider
Diamond Walker, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Palm Beach Post
Kira Wang, University of Pennsylvania, Axios
Ashley Zellers, University of Kansas, The Kansas City Star

American City Business Journals – Dow Jones News Fund Business Reporting Program
Auzinea Bacon, University of Maryland, College Park, Washington Business Journal
Mikyhial Clarke, Temple University, Philadelphia Business Journal
Shaheer Naveed, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, Albuquerque Business First
Sergio Padilla, St. John’s University, San Antonio Business Journal
Sarah Perkel, University of Miami, South Florida Business Journal
Samuele Petruccelli, Boston University, Boston Business Journal
Keya Rivera, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Pacific Business News
Ayesha Hana Shaji, University of Texas at Arlington, Dallas Business Journal
Terell Wright, Connecticut College, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Natalie Wu, Northwestern University, San Francisco Business Times

Dow Jones News Fund Business Reporting Program
Isabella Aldrete, Barnard College, Employee Benefit News (Arizent)
Ana Altchek, New York University, Crain’s New York Business
Christina Baker, Pennsylvania State University, Bond Buyer (Arizent)
Annabel Burba, New York University, National Mortgage News (Arizent)
Siena Christopherson, Temple University, Advertising Specialty Institute
Elizabeth Egan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The News & Observer
Audrey Elsberry, University of South Carolina, The Charlotte Observer
Anna Fifelski, University of Michigan, Detroit News
Charles Gorrivan, University of St. Andrews, American Banker (Arizent)
Abigail Ham, Calvin University, Automotive News
Melinda Huspen, The King’s College, Digital Insurance (Arizent)
Sabrina Lee, New York University, American Banker (Arizent)
Dylan Manfre, University of Maryland, College Park, TAPinto Newark
Charlotte Matherly, James Madison University, Richmond BizSense
Katie Mogg, Northeastern University, The Wall Street Journal
Elijah Nicholson-Messmer, Northeastern University, Financial Planning (Arizent)
Stephen Pastis, University of South Carolina, Fortune
Jake Christopher Piazza, Duke University, Pacific Coast Business Times
Max Scheinblum, University of New Hampshire, VTDigger
Noah Sheidlower, Columbia University, Insider
Rachel Shin, Yale University, Fortune
Lydia Sidhom, University of California, Berkeley, Bay City News Foundation
Tre Spencer, Ohio University, BusinessDen
Victor Swezey, Columbia University, Royal Media Group
Isabella Martinez Warren, Cornell University, Automotive News
Ngai Yeung, University of Southern California, The Wall Street Journal
Hannah Ziegler, University of Maryland, College Park, Barron’s

Data Journalism Program
Catherine Allen, Cal Poly, Bay City News Foundation
Joelle Anselmo, University of Maryland, College Park, Royal Media Group
Riley Atkinson, University of Arkansas, Advertising Specialty Institute
Kailey Cota, University of South Carolina, The Current
Julie Freijat, University of Missouri, Kansas City PBS
Cecilia Garzella, University of Texas at Austin, USA TODAY
Prayag Gordy, Rice University, Investigative Reporting Workshop
Maia Irvin, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Abhinav Krishnan, Vanderbilt University, USA TODAY
Ava Mandoli, Northwestern University, Investigate Midwest
Katherine Oung, Vanderbilt University, Indianapolis Star
Olivia Palmer, Western Washington University, The News Tribune
Richard Perrins, Syracuse University, AccuWeather
Jasmyne Ricard, University of Missouri, The Marshall Project

Digital Media Program
Bridgette Adu-Wadier, Northwestern University, NBC News NOW
Megan Buffington, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The Arizona Republic
Ananya Chetia, University of Richmond, Inside Climate News
Benjamin Coleman, University of California, Berkeley, Bay City News Foundation
Isabella Farfan, Barnard College, Hawaii News Now
Chloe Cecilia Franklin, Elon University, KDFW FOX 4*
Kelsey Goldbach, University of Southern California, Connecticut Public Radio
Sofia Heartney, University of Virginia, International Center for Journalists
Rya Sara Jetha, Pomona College, CalMatters
Kiana Kalahele, Chapman University, Hawaii News Now
Isa Luzarraga, Emerson College, Kansas City Star
Justin Sidney Malone, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, AccuWeather
Amethyst Martinez, Rider University, Austin American-Statesman
Daryl Perry, University of Maryland, College Park, The Wall Street Journal
Curtis Rowser III, New York University, Epicenter-NYC
Anjelica Rubin, Pennsylvania State University, Nashville Public Radio
Jasper Smith, Howard University, The Arizona Republic
Mika Travis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Detroit Free Press
Parker Yamasaki, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Colorado Sun
Ciara Zavala, High Point University, The Colorado Sun
Samson Zhang, Pomona College, The Sacramento Bee

*Emma Bowen Foundation Fellows

Multiplatform Editing Program
Bella Avila, University of Oklahoma, NerdWallet
Francesca Bermudez, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles Times
Matthew Brown, University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco Chronicle
Colin Crawford, Northwestern University, The New York Times
Liset Cruz, Columbia University, The Associated Press
Joy Diamond, University of California, Berkeley, The New York Times
Isabel Funk, Northwestern University, San Francisco Chronicle
Dori Gray, Ohio University, The New York Times
Aaron Hughes, Eastern Michigan University, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Grant Johnson, James Madison University, The Washington Post
Spencer Otte, California State University, Fullerton, Bay City News Foundation
Robert Stewart, University of Arkansas, Stars and Stripes
Andrea Teres-Martinez, Boise State University, The Wall Street Journal
Ethan Thomas, University of Texas at El Paso, The Texas Tribune
Sophie Young, Kent State University, The New York Times

This press release was updated May 5, 2023, to reflect a substitution.