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The purpose of Knight CUNYJ’s program is to address under-representation in U.S. newsrooms by helping build a stronger pipeline of academically excellent and digitally trained minority journalists

 

2018 Knight CUNYJ Fellows

Dalvin Brown received his bachelor’s degree in Business Journalism from CUNY’s Baruch College. As a journalist, he has covered commerce, business, technology, products and New York City events. Dalvin’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at USA Today.  

Kat Hernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Journalism from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Her work has been published in The Salt: NPR, PRI’s The World, Edible Manhattan, Harlem Focus and Feet in 2 Worlds. Kat’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at WNYC Public Radio.

Noëlle Lilley recently graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Her concentration was in Broadcast and she minored in Film and Media Production. Noëlle’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at amNewYork.

Evelyn Moreno is a first-generation college student and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in Journalism and minored in Geography. As an intern at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Moreno reported in Spanish and is passionate about making English stories accessible to Spanish-speaking audiences. Evelyn’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at Democracy Now!

Natalie Shields is a New York City-based multimedia journalist whose work has appeared in local media outlets including the Daily News, the TimesLedger Newspapers and the Queens Courier. She graduated from the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York. Natalie’s Knight CUNYJ intenship this summer is at The Nation.

 

Toussaint Campbell is a recent graduate of Nova Southeastern University, where he studied communications, public relations and marketing. He also wrote for The Current, his campus’ student-run paperToussaint’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at The Haitian Times

Gustavo Huerta is a photo journalist who earned his Bachelor of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, where he concentrated in Print Journalism. Huerta founded and published Jacaranda, a yearly print magazine in South Texas. Gustavo’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at the Mott Haven Herald.

Victoria Mba-Jonas recently graduated from Howard University, where she studied Journalism and Graphic Design. She was a contributor at several of Howard’s media outlets. Mba-Jonas has interned for the American Society of Magazine Editors, Essence and DC Modern Luxury magazineVictoria’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at The Haitian Times.

Sean Parrish is earning his bachelor’s degree at Haskell Indian Nations University, where he is majoring in Indigenous and American Indian Studies. He is a member of the Native American Journalist Association and has contributed stories and photos for The Indian Leader Association, which is the first Native American student newspaper established in 1897. Sean’s Knight CUNYJ intenship is at Voices of New York.

Alexa Imani Spencer is a rising senior at Howard University. An aspiring investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker, Alexa has covered human and civil rights, socioeconomic inequality and police brutality, as well as the Obama Administration as part of the White House Press Pool for Thomson Reuters. Alexa’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at USA Today.

Sophia Ebanks is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York. Her own writing focuses primarily on race, gender, women’s rights and health. Sophia’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at the Norwood News

Katelyn Joyce is an aspiring journalist from Jersey City, N.J. She graduated from Saint Peter’s University this spring with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Journalism. Joyce was active in the school newspaper, The Pauw Wow, as a staff writer and lifestyle editor. Katelyn’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is with Solutions Journalism.

Korey Matthews  was a Multimedia Journalism major at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he recently graduated. Korey was the social media editor of The MSU Spokesman, Morgan’s student-run newspaper. He has written and directed a short film, called “The Big Break.” Korey’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at Starfish Media Group.

Jenny Pedraza is a recent graduate of Hunter College, where she majored in Media Studies and minored in English. Jenny has reported in the Bronx at The Hunts Point Express, where she wrote pieces that explored in depth topics of identity, immigration and the arts, among other issues affecting Bronx residents and the New York Hispanic community at large. Jenny’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at Democracy Now!

Elizabeth Ucles is a rising senior of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she is earning a bachelor’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric, with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Spanish. She became a staff writer and later arts editor for the St. Edward’s University newspaper, Hilltop Views, and interned at Texas Monthly and Austin Monthly. Elizabeth’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at WNYC Public Radio.

Mion Edwards is a graduate of Hampton University, where she majored in broadcast journalism and minored in marketing. Mion runs a wellness and style blog, where her passion for storytelling, female empowerment and fashion collide. Her Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at Chelsea Now.

Nisa Khan is a rising senior at the University of Michigan, where she studies Information Science. Her concentration is in User Experience and web design. Nisa is minoring in English and was part of a research team studying media coverage of the Flint water crisis. Nisa’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at ProPublica.

Angel Mindanao is a recent graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College, where she earned a bachelor’s in English and a specialized in professional writing. She wrote for The Meridian, the student newspaper, and has interned with the CUNY Service Corps. Angel’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at the Norwood News.

Michaela Román is a multimedia journalist with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she majored in Digital Media Production and Multimedia Journalism. She served as editor-in-chief and photo editor at her student-run newspaper. Michaela’s Knight CUNYJ internship this summer is at Starfish Media Group.

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