Two SoCJ Students Accepted to Dow Jones News Fund Internship Program

Two students from the School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ) were recently accepted to the Dow Jones News Fund Internship program, a competitive reporting program open to journalism students across the country.

Jane Montalto, a graduating senior from Stony Brook, and Kaitlyn Schwanemann, a junior from Inwood, will spend part of the summer in the multi-platform editing program. They will be on a team of 17 students from universities around the country, including Columbia University, Howard University, the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland, among others.

“The Dow Jones internships are premier internships sought after by students across the country,” said George Giokas, a journalism instructor who helped the students find and apply for the program. “We’re proud that our students can once again be part of a national slate of student journalists gaining valuable skills over the summer.”

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Kaitlyn Schwanemann

The multi-platform editing program will help interns learn to assess copy for accuracy, tone and style, write headlines and design pages, and publish high quality content on deadline. It is one of eight programs operated by the Dow Jones News Fund, each focused on a different specific journalistic skill. The program is part of a larger effort by the fund to produce well-trained journalists who reflect the demographics and communities they cover. 

“Media organizations around the country are increasingly working to help their teams understand how to relate to and engage actively with diverse communities, rather than simply getting the story and leaving,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “The SoCJ is part of this effort, and I am delighted that Jane and Kaitlyn will have this experience to deepen these skills through this incredible internship.”

Fewer than 100 students will participate in the internship programs, overseen by different universities and operated in partnership with Dow Jones newsrooms.

During her paid internship, Montalto will work with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Schwanemann will be with NerdWallet, a website dedicated to financial news, literacy and other information to help individuals make informed financial decisions.

“The News Fund is proud to welcome a stellar group of emerging journalists, painstakingly selected from more than 1,000 applicants,” said Shirley Carswell, News Fund executive director. “These 86 interns represent the quality and commitment that our news partners have come to expect from DJNF interns.”

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