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2017 Reese Cleghorn Interns Announced

Three journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2017.  The Reese Cleghorn Internship program hires outstanding student journalists to intern in MDDC member newsrooms each summer.  These interns were selected from a pool of highly-qualified applicants.  All are from the University of Maryland, College Park.  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 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 participate in a one-day "Into the Newsroom" program hosted at the University of Maryland, which brings together entry level reporters, freelancers and interns from MDDC member organizations for sessions on visual journalism, getting to know beats and data journalism and a panel discussion. 

The interns are (in alphabetical order):  Christine Condon, Mina Haq, and Anna Muckerman. Special thanks go to MDDC's intern selection committee: Chris Flood, The Cape Gazette, Rick Hutzell, chair, The Capital, Patrick Pexton, Frederick News-Post, Tom Linthicum, TDL Consulting, Reggie Stuart, Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation of Washington, and Frank Quine, retired University of Maryland College of Journalism.

Christine Condon is a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park and is originally from Timonium, MD.  She will be interning at The Daily Record in Baltimore, Maryland,Christine Condon working under the supervision of editor Tom Baden.  Currently, she covers the University's Residence Hall Association for the Diamondback, UMD's student news publication and covers school events for Stories Beneath the Shell.  Carole Lee, journalism professor at UMD, writes that Christine has "an in-depth understanding of journalism ethics, values and priorities."  Maria Hiaasen, journalism teacher at Dulaney High School, in Baltimore Couty, says that Christine is "dedicated to improving conditions in her community and beyond and to the upholding professional standards of journalism. A talented writer, she would enhance any newsroom she joined."

Mina Haq is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will be interning under the supervison of Sam Davis at The Baltimore Sun, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Mina is originally from Mullica Hill, NJ.  She was recently promoted to editor for the Diamondback, UMD's student news publication.  She has also written for Capital News Service, a capstone class writing for a wire service.  Jim Carroll, Washington Bureau Chief of Capital News Service, writes that Mina shows "energy, enterprise and creativity in her work. Highly professional, Mina is a delight to work with and she has worked seamlessly with her colleagues." Jean Dimeo, editor of Pro Construction Guide, supervised Mina's recent internship and notes that Mina is a "good interviewer and writer whose skills continue to blossom."

Anna Muckerman is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park and hails from Bel Air, MD.  She will be interning at The Frederick News-Post.  Anna is currently doing a semester abroad in France and when she is at Maryland, she reports for the Diamondback, UMD's student news publication.  Professor Josh Davidsburg, of the University of Maryland, writes that Anna's "shooting and editing skills were far beyond anyone else in the class...[and she] has an innate eye for video production and an ear for story."

Congratulations to MDDC's interns!  Interested in becoming an intern in 2018?  The application period is open from October to November.  Read more about the program here.

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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