PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Washington State University journalism students in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication have obtained prestigious national internships. Ahmed Namatalla and Michaeljohn Valencia have been named Chips Quinn Scholars/Interns and Amy Trang has been awarded a Dow Jones Fund Internship.
Namatalla, a senior from Brier, will spend the summer as a reporting intern at the Wilmington News Journal, a 125,000-circulation Gannett Newspaper in Wilmington, Del.
Valencia, a senior from Marysville, will work this summer as a reporting intern at the Contra Costa Times, a 100,000-circulation Knight-Ridder Newspaper in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Trang, a junior from Richland, will spend 12 weeks this summer as a business-reporting intern at the Reno Gazette-Journal, a 70,000-circulation Gannett Newspaper in Reno, Nev.
The Chips Quinn Scholars program is sponsored by The Freedom Forum and provides training, paid internships and $1,000 scholarships to college students of color who are pursuing careers in print journalism. Winners are matched with participating daily newspapers across the country for 10- or 12-week internships. The program is named for John “Chips” Quinn Jr., managing editor of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, who died at age 34. His commitment to diversity is his legacy.
The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund offers annual summer internships in business reporting, newspaper copy editing and sports copy editing. Each program provides free pre-internship training seminars on college campuses and weekly salaries starting at $350 for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns who return to college full-time the following fall will receive $1,000 scholarships from the fund. The Business Reporting Program is specifically intended for minority sophomores and juniors.