University of Oregon Grad Jump-Starts Journalism Career in Detroit

For Jonathan Bach, this spring's sponsored New York visit proved very beneficial.

This spring, a group of University of Oregon journalism students came to New York for a one-week media tour. Advertising students from the school had been making this kind of pilgrimage for years, but the 2016 trek marked a first for their less-sponsored content brethren.

Per a university write-up this week, the students visited 16 media companies as well as the journalism schools at CUNY and Columbia. They also met with alumnus Ann Curry.

The trip was made possible in part by a gift from the Penserio’s. Jim Penserio, who graduated from UO in 1975, recently retired from a position as Wall Street Journal talent editor. His wife, Karen Miller Penserio, is currently the paper’s editor of newsroom standards. The couple’s tutelage turned out to be even more far-reaching for one participating UO student:

In addition to learning and networking, the trip gave students a chance to show East Coast media outlets what Ducks are all about, said Jonathan Bach, who graduated in June and is now interning at the Wall Street Journal’s bureau in Detroit.

“It was an opportunity for journalism students to represent the University of Oregon well,” he said, “and to show these newspapers and news outlets that the J-school at the University of Oregon really puts out excellent students.”

The Pensiero’s not only helped him pay for the trip, they helped secure the internship, Bach said.

Wonderful. Bach’s most recent piece for WSJ Autos is titled “That Vibrating ‘Wub Wub Wub’ That Comes From Cracking One Car Window? It’s Not Just You.” He led with the perspective of a 72-year-old Porsche 911 owner in Bethesda, Md.:

Mr. Brownstein and other Porsche drivers complain about the throb happening while traveling at highway speeds or racing down a track. “The noise gets very, very annoying” past 100 miles an hour, Mr. Brownstein said. The 72-year-old stores his homemade plastic “flic” in the glove box for when he is driving and doesn’t want to pop the sunroof, which also silences the throb.

A Porsche AG spokesman declined to comment.