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2016 Reese Cleghorn Interns Announced

Four journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2016.  The Reese Cleghorn Internship program hires outstanding student journalists to intern in MDDC member newsrooms each summer.  These interns were selected from 17 highly-qualified applicants.  Three are from the University of Maryland, College Park and one is from West Virginia University.  The intern selection committee reviewed the initial applications, which included a personal essay, published clips and educational and professional references.  The committee narrowed the field to 8 applicants from six institutions and conducted a panel interview with each candidate. 

Each intern will be treated as a professional working journalist at his or her host newsroom, with the expectation of generating 35-40 published clips and real-world experience during their 8-week paid internship.  As part of the program, MDDC interns will participate in a one-day orientation session hosted at the University of Maryland on May 25.  All other interns being hosted at member publications this summer are welcome to join in this free orientation.

The interns are (in alphabetical order):  Andrea Cwieka, Andrew Dunn, Josh Magness and Jennifer Skinner. Special thanks go to MDDC's intern selection committee: Rick Hutzell, The Capital, Paul Milton, chair, formerly of Baltimore Sun Media Group, Patrick Pexton, Frederick News-Post, and Frank Quine, retired University of Maryland College of Journalism.

Andrea Cwieka is a sophmore at the University of Maryland, College Park and is originally from Baltimore.  She will be interning at The Daily Record in Baltimore, Maryland, working under the supervision of editor Tom Baden.  Currently, she is the assistant online managing editor for the Diamondback, UMD's student news publication and the health editor at Unwind.  Matt Schnabel, editor in chief at the Diamondback, writes that Andi has "unwavering diligence...Editors can always count on her to complete her diverse array of tasks..."  Carl Stepp, a journalism professor at University of Maryland sees a "fine future for Andi in journalism.  She has all the tangible qualities, plus the intangibles of passion, determination and a good attitude." 

Andrew Dunn is a sophmore at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will be interning under the supervison of Andy Green and Sam Davis at The Baltimore Sun, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Andy is originally from Westford, MA.  He currently is a news reporter for the Diamondback, UMD's student news publication and is a student video assistant for the University of Maryland Athletic Department, independently shooting video for UMTerps.com. Justin Lohr, editor in chief of Interpolations: A Journal of Academic Writing, notes that Andy is "...consistently diligent and enthusiastic; moreover, he never missed a deadline." Jason Pazornick, of the Video Services Department at the University of Maryland, notes that Andy produced a weekly video feature on the wrestling team last winter, including consistent interviews with the head coach. 

Josh Magness is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park and hails from Severna Park, MD.  He will be interning in his own backyard, at The Capital, under the supervison of editor Rick Hutzell.  Josh is reporting for the Capital News Service, Annapolis Bureau, this spring and is a staff writer for Diversions, a student publication.  Professor Sharon O'Malley, of the University of Maryland, writes that Josh is "eager to learn; open to suggestions; receptive to criticism...takes deadlines seriously, and goes the extra mile to make sure his work is not only in on time, but is polished and correct."  Josh's editor at Diversions, Michael Errigo, says that his "attitude in meetings, interactions and even on assignment is always positive yet professional."

Jennifer Skinner is a sophomore at West Virginia University and is originally from Ellicott City, MD.  She will be working at the Frederick News-Post under the supervision of Patrick Pexton, editor.  Jennifer is an editorial intern at New South Media, which publishes Morgantown Magazine, and is a student ambassador for Reed College of Media at West Virginia University, where she produces recruiting content including videos and blogs. Emily Hughes Corio, teaching assistant professor at WVU, is impressed with "her passion for public affairs journalism, her motivation to soak up all of the journalism experience she could...and her genuine kindness."  Laura Haight, Jennifer's editor at The Daily Athenaeum Newspaper, writes that Jennifer "establishes relationships with her sources which led to them contacting her with story pitches."

Congratulations to MDDC's interns for 2016!  The Reese Cleghorn internship program is part of the MDDC Press Foundation, which is funded in part through donations from private individuals.  Learn more or make a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation.

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