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2018 Reese Cleghorn Interns announced

Four journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2018.  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.  Three are from the University of Maryland, College Park and one from Salisbury 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 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):  Lillian Andemicael, UMDCP, Leah Brennan, UMDCP, Makea Luzader, UMCP, and Anthony Messenger, Salisbury University. Special thanks go to MDDC's intern selection committee: Chris Flood, The Cape Gazette, Rick Hutzell, chair, The Capital, Tom Linthicum, TDL Consulting, Reggie Stuart, Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation of Washington, and Frank Quine, retired University of Maryland College of Journalism.

Lillian Andemicael is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park and is originally from Rockville, MD.  She will be interning at The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Maryland, working under the supervision of editor Chris Kinsler.  Currently, she is a beat reporter for the news desk at the Diamondback, UMD's student news publication.  Carl Sessions Stepp, journalism professor at UMD, writes that Lilly's "writing is clear and well‐organized. Her comments in class are thoughtful."  Paul Eckert, her intern supervisor at Radio Free Asia, commented that Lilly "met deadline pressures and tackled unfamiliar issues like a veteran. But we at RFA feel that Lilian really shined on the several initiative stories she conceived and executed, including a timely look at the health effects of Chinese prison on jailed dissidents, in the wake of the death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo in a Chinese jail."

Leah Brennan is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will be interning under the supervison of Sam Davis at The Baltimore Sun, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Leah is originally from Clarksburg, MD.  She is a senior staff writer for the Diamondback, UMD's student news publication. Mina Haq, her supervising editor at the Diamondback (and previous Baltimore Sun intern), writes that Leah hass been "consistently been one of the most reliable, thoughtful and tireless news reporters" at the Diamondback. Carl Sessions Stepp, a professor at UMD, noted that Leah "led an effort by the campus paper to cover College Park elections, and her work ‐‐ from news articles to insightful profiles ‐‐ was outstanding."

Makea Luzader is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park and hails from Frostburg, MD.  She will be interning under the supervision of executive editor Jake Womer at The Hagerstown Herald-Mail.  Mimi initiated an experience last summer as a free-lance correspondent for the Cumberland Times-News, and her editor there, John Smith, writes that "from our first meeting, Makea expressed a desire to tell stories and her outgoing personality work to her benefit in conducting interviews with her subjects." In addition to her broadcast journalism major, Mimi is the receipient of a University of Maryland Presidential Scholarship and is fluent in Mandarin.

Anthony Messenger is a sophomore at Salisbury University and is from Crofton, MD.  He will be interning at The Capital Gazette under the supervision of Rick Hutzell, editor.  Anthony currenly is the site expert at FanSided's Rubbingtherock.com, responsible for producing original content, managing a staff of writers and editing their content. His former coach and teacher, Charles Markiewicz, noted that Anthony is a "diligent worker, needs little direction and is a person who does whatever is necessary to get his task accomplished."

Congratulations to MDDC's interns!  Interested in becoming an intern in 2019?  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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