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Reese Cleghorn interns announced for 2020

January 31, 2020

Four journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2020.  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.  This is one of our most geographically diverse groups, with one student each from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland, College Park, Macalester College and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The intern selection committee reviewed nearly twenty 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. This year, Into the Newsroom will be May 19th.

The interns are (in alphabetical order):  Anjali DasSarma, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Ellie Heffernan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Jack Hogan, University of Maryland, College Park, and Lindsay Weber, Macalester College. Special thanks go to MDDC's intern selection committee: Chris Flood, The Cape Gazette, Tom Linthicum, TDL Consulting, and Frank Quine, retired University of Maryland College of Journalism.

Anjali DasSarma is a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and will be interning under the supervision of Sam Davis at the Baltimore Sun. Anjali is originally from Ellicott City, MD.  She is the Opinions Editor of the Retriever, UMBC's student-run newspaper and leads a staff of 4-6 people.   Christopher Corbett, one of Anjali’s professors, writes that she is "passionate, curious and disciplined…[and] you will find her mature, focused, dependable and dedicated to any task she undertakes.”  Jenny O’Grady, Anjali’s intern supervisor at the UMBC Magazine, writes that Anjali is “very interested in the role journalism plays in our democracy, and wants to make sure it gets the public support it needs to do good work.”

Ellie Heffernan is a sophomore at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is originally from Ellicott City, MD.  She will be interning at The Daily Record in Baltimore, Maryland, working under the supervision of executive editor Tom Baden. Ellie is a senior writer at The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper. Among other stories, she has covered Bernie Sanders’ visit to campus, and done an investigation into the slaves that built the UNC campus. One of her professors, Finn Cohen, writes that Ellie has “very solid writing skills, clear ability to identify what makes a good story, [with] strong reporting and use of sources.”  Another of her professors, Susan King, writes that Ellie “has the ability to analyze complicated issues, synthesize different points of view and fluidly make her points.  She was the ability to write well and think better.”

Jack Hogan is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park and hails from Cranston, Rhode Island.  He will be interning under the supervision of editor Rick Hutzell at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis.  Jack is currently doing a semester abroad in Spain and has most recently reported for the Greenbelt News Review and The Campus Trainer.  Kalani Gordon, one of Jack’s professors, remarks that “his story pitches were thorough and well thought out and inquisitive.”  

Lindsay Weber is a junior at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and is from Wilmington, DE. She will be interning at The News Journal under the supervision of Mike Feeley, executive editor.  Lindsay currently is the managing editor of The Mac Weekly, the student newspaper, and continues to report on general assignment and the student activism mini-beat. Last summer, she interned at Delaware Today in her hometown.  Howard Sinker, one of her professors says that “Lindsay is a budding star with great professional potential.”  Her college advisor, James Dawes, remarks that she “unites her remarkable analytical and intellectual skills with reliability and painstaking attention to detail.” 

Congratulations to MDDC's interns!  Interested in becoming an intern in 2021?  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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