by Alli Inglebright
Lynn Yen and Aidan Connolly, senior journalism students, at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, are participating in the Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF) internship program this summer.
The program selected 85 students from across the country to work as data and digital journalists, business reporters and multiplatform editors in paid internships at 55 of the nation's leading news organizations. The News Fund received more than 750 applications last fall.
Students in the program receive training at various universities one week prior to the start of their internship.
Connolly is working at The Buffalo News in the Data Journalism Program. He will work on combining data, numbers and technology with the standard journalism techniques and will complete his training at the University of Missouri. Once he has completed training he will spend 10 weeks in Buffalo, New York.
“I'm hoping to learn what working in a newsroom each day is like,”Connolly said. “I'll experience a different part of the country and learn how The Buffalo News is adapting to the changing culture of news. I'm also hoping to pick up some technical skills, adding to my computer programming toolbox. These skills should help me see how other newsrooms operate and help me understand what I want to do in the future.”
Yen is working in the DJNF Business Reporting Program at BusinessDen where she will be doing business reporting in Denver, Colorado. She will complete her training at New York University.
“I’m excited to meet fellow students and professionals that enjoy discussing the economy, too,” Yen said. “My goals for the summer are to hone my professional journalism skills and to learn about the unique Denver business community, and in a broader sense continue exploring how the business sector impacts society.”
The Dow Jones News Fund is a national foundation supported by Dow Jones, the Dow Jones Foundation and others dedicated to promoting careers in journalism in the digital age. Its vision is to cultivate robust news media, staffed by well-trained and innovative journalists who reflect America's diversity and are dedicated to a free, strong and fair press.