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Reese Cleghorn Interns Announced

February 1, 2019

Four journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2019.  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 Morgan State University.  The intern selection committee reviewed over two dozen 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):  Oyin Adedeoyin, Morgan State University, Hannah Himes, University of Maryland, College Park (UMDCP), Angela Roberts, UMCP, and Samantha Subin, UMDCP. Special thanks go to MDDC's intern selection committee: Chris Flood, The Cape Gazette, Kamau High, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Tom Linthicum, TDL Consulting, Reggie Stuart, Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation of Washington, and Frank Quine, retired University of Maryland College of Journalism.

Oyin Adedeoyin is a sophomore at Morgan State University and is originally from Baltimore, MD.  She will be interning at The Baltimore Sun in Baltimore, Maryland, working under the supervision of managing editor Sam Davis. In addition to being a regular staff writer with the Spokesman, Morgan's student-run news organization, she also is president of MSUABJ, the student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. Jacqueline Jones, assistant dean of the School of Journalism, writes that Oyin is "sharp, dedicated and pays attention to detail and gets along well with others." Ayana Shannon, her professor and advisor at Morgan, commented that Oyin is "one of those rare students that could captivate and influence her peers with esteem and humility."

Hannah Himes is a senior graduating in the fall at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will be interning under the supervison of Chris Kinsler at The Frederick News Post, in Frederick, Maryland.  Hannah is originally from Boonsboro, MD.  She covers state politics for the Diamondback, UMD's student news publication and will be interning at the Alexandria Times this spring. Christine Condon, news editor at the Diamondback (and previous MDDC intern), writes that Hannah "files well-researched and well-reported stories...grow[ing] as a writer signficantly over just the past few months, gaining a knack for political writing and a creative approach to storytelling." Merilee Cox, journalism professor at UMDCP, writes that Hannah has "a focus and determination that is uncommon for most young students."


Angela Roberts is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park and hails from Venetia, PA.  She will be interning under the supervision of editor Rick Hutzell at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis.  Angela works as a senior staff writer at the Diamondback covering graduate student life and the Graduate Student Government.  She also served as an investigative reporter and data reporter for the Capital News Service and worked with an investigative team to report on pedestrian accidents in maryland and the effect plea bargains have to courts' ability to deliver justice.  Marissa Lang, one of Angela's professors, writes "The first thing that stood out to me about Angela is the type of questions she asks. They’re thoughtful, smart and indicate a desire to understand concepts deeply and completely. Her writing is clean, easy to edit and thorough."  Sean Mussenden, Capital News Service bureau chief comments "Angela is smart. She’s a quick study. She has great news judgment. She sweats the tiniest details. She’s a great writer. She is professional and persistent."

Samantha Subin is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park and is from Silver Spring, MD.  She will be interning at The Daily Record under the supervision of Tom Baden, executive editor.  Samantha currenly is a staff writer for the Diamondback, writing two articles every week about arts, entertainment, campus culture and technology.  She is especially interested in business reporting and hopes "to highlight how economics affects small businesses, local stores and regional companies, specifically in the Maryland area."  Her former professor, Ira Chinoy, wrote that he was "able to quickly observer her intelligence, engagement and passion for journalism...Samantha also served as a model for her classmates by readily pitching in during class discussions and offering fresh insights on the material we were discussing."

Congratulations to MDDC's interns!  Interested in becoming an intern in 2020?  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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