For 21-year-old Arizona State University journalism student Salvador Rodriguez, 2011 has definitely turned out to be the best of Times.
The Mexico City born, Houston raised Rodriguez recently completed a 12-week summer internship at the LA Times, working closely with technology section editor Peter Pae and scoring a front-page story on Monday about the potential impact of Apple’s iMessage technology. Now, as he prepares to complete a final fall semester in Phoenix before moving on this winter to his school’s DC bureau, it’s back to assisting locally based New York Times reporter Marc Lacey, who covers both Arizona and New Mexico.
“I started in January with Marc,” Rodriguez tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “It’s more of an unofficial kind of internship. We correspond mostly via telephone and email, and if he needs for example a stringer to cover something on the ASU campus, it makes more sense for me to go. I’m of a similar demographic to the students, so the conversation opens up more.”
Rodriguez has received one shared byline with Lacey as well as some bottom-of-article additional reporting credits. All in all, the two-Times schooling is a remarkable accomplishment for this Walter Cronkite School of Journalism go-getter and an early indication of what will no doubt be an illustrious journalism career.
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