Top college student journalists from across the country are receiving intensive digital media training this week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of a prestigious Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF) program.
Eleven journalism students will spend 10 days on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus before reporting to paid summer internships at news organizations such as MSN, The Denver Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, International Center for Journalists, AccuWeather and azcentral.com.
The Cronkite School is the only DJNF-sponsored digital training center for college students in the country. Six other universities offer instruction in areas such as business reporting, data journalism, news editing and sports editing.
"We continue to be delighted with the quality of instruction digital interns have received at the Cronkite School for the past three summers,” said Linda Shockley, managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund. “The students showcase the kind of skills and work ethic media employers crave."
The training program, which runs from May 18-28, includes lessons in visual storytelling, digital editing, information gathering, infographics and data visualization as well as social media analytics, basic coding, interactive maps and podcast production.
“We are pleased that DJNF entrusts the Cronkite School with training some of the most talented student journalists across the country,” said Cronkite career services director Michael Wong, who manages the Dow Jones program at Cronkite. “The students learn new digital skills, are refreshed on others and are trained to perform at a high level at their summer internships.”
Launched in 1960, the DJNF summer internship program supports seven training sites at leading journalism schools. This year, 97 undergraduate and graduate students were selected from more than 900 applicants for the program. In addition to their paid internships, students returning to college in the fall semester 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 2016 Dow Jones multimedia interns and their assignments are:
University of Texas- Austin
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
University of North Carolina
The Denver Post
University of Miami
The Philadelphia Inquirer
University of Florida
International Center for Journalists
The Palm Beach Post
University of South Florida
Austin American Statesman
Advertising Specialty Institute
North Carolina A&T University