The program, launched last summer, will bring 12 undergraduate students to Washington for an 8-day politics- and policy-focused journalism training program that begins tomorrow. Students will work on their skills in digital journalism, enterprise reporting, ethics and cartooning, among other topics, and will have the chance to report for Politico.
This year’s class emphasizes a diversity of personal, regional and educational backgrounds and includes:
- Benjamin Shull, Fordham University
- Bianca Padró Ocasio, Emerson College
- Paris Burris, University of Oklahoma
- Christina Animashaun, American University
- Donovan Harrell, Florida A&M University
- Elizabeth Brown, University of Missouri
- Emily Birnbaum, Kenyon College
- Sabrina Rodriguez, Northwestern University
- Odalis Garcia, The New School
- Khorri Atkinson, York College/The City University of New York
- Phillip Jackson, Hampton University
- Nathalie Dortonne, University of Florida
The program’s emphasis on choosing journalists from diverse backgrounds is badly needed in a profession that trends white, male and elite-university educated. Better still, two students from the class will spend three months at Politico in a paid residency that will allow them to write, edit and produce for the newsroom, and, as importantly, develop contacts and build relationships in what is a highly network-based field.