As the 48th CQS orientation and multimedia training approaches, it’s time to begin meeting members of the Summer 2018 class. Four of the 20 scholars who will gather in Nashville, Tenn., in May share a bit about themselves.
Name: Jay Shah
Hometown: New Hyde Park, N.Y.
College: Stony Brook University
Host radio station: Nashville Public Radio (Tennessee)
What I know about my host radio station: WPLN is the NPR affiliate serving Middle Tennessee. It grew out of the city’s public library system as a classical music station and eventually began broadcasting and producing news and talk shows. It is also pushing ahead with producing podcasts.
What I know about my audience: The station, like many NPR affiliates, is seeing a growth in millennial listeners due to the NPR One app and the reach of podcasts. But there isn’t a single demographic that significantly outweighs the other; the station has a fairly broad listenership.
How I got interested in journalism: I took a course on news literacy as an elective while I was a physics major and realized that I preferred writing leads to solving for buoyancy. I changed majors and joined the campus magazine, where I eventually became the executive editor.
For fun I like to: hike, visit local museums, try new foods and go on road trips. That’s why I’m so excited to spend my summer with WPLN in Nashville, a new place to explore and understand.
For my internship I’ll pack: a few books I want to finish, sunscreen, hiking shoes and some home cooking to keep me going.
I get my news from: Twitter, for the most part. I follow hundreds of reporters, analysts, professors and writers from around the world. It gives me access to a variety of news sources, ranging from national newspapers to local broadcasts to alt-weeklies.
My favorite websites are: The Outline, Mother Jones, BuzzFeed.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “Feel Free,” by Zadie Smith. The book flows from technology to Renaissance paintings to the impact of Brexit. Her essays swivel from looking at the stage to looking at the audience without jarring the reader.
My dream journalism job is: multimedia editor or reporter. I’d like to be able to report on stories without being limited to a single format.
Name: Tailyr Irvine
Hometown: Ronan, Mont.
College: University of Montana
Host media group: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
What I know about my host media group: Its great team of writers and photographers works hard to produce powerful pieces on multiple platforms.
What I know about my audience: The newspaper has 31,1000 followers on Instagram and 256,000 on Twitter and a circulation of 240,000.
How I got interested in journalism: I became interested in journalism when I began to see the lack of coverage my reservation received and the lack of Native American representation as a whole in the media outlets in Montana, a state where Native Americans are the biggest minority.
For fun I like to: be with my family. I also enjoy playing volleyball and reading.
For my internship, I’ll pack: everything I can fit into my car. I might leave behind my winter jackets.
I get my news from: Twitter, mostly, and Facebook and directly from newspaper websites.
My favorite websites are: Twitter and Instagram.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” by Lynsey Addario. The book highlights several journalism issues. Addario shares her experience as a conflict photographer and describes the struggle it took to get where she is today.
My dream journalism job is: one that allows me to report and photograph stories from all of Indian Country and the 567 federally recognized tribes in the United States.
Name: Jayla Jackson
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
College: Middle Tennessee State University
Host media group: Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)
What I know about my host media group: The staff is extremely active on Twitter and loves to create Instagram stories.
What I know about my audience: It is receptive of social media news.
How I got interested in journalism: Watching stories that gave a voice to the voiceless and watching “Inside Edition” almost every day of my childhood.
For fun I like to: watch YouTube makeup and hair tutorials.
For my internship I’ll pack: a new laptop (hopefully), notepad and face wash.
I get my news from: Twitter, Facebook, local news outlets.
My favorite websites are: Facebook, BuzzFeed, YouTube.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “Get your Sh*t Together,” by Sarah Knight. It gave me the adult wake-up call I needed when I continuously felt sorry for myself.
My dream journalism job is: news reporter for “Good Morning America.”
Name: Rishika Dugyala
Hometown: Milpitas, Calif.
College: Northwestern University
Host media group: Thomson Reuters (New York)
What I know about my host media group: It’s a wire service that focuses on general news and business news through breaking and enterprise stories. The site also has an investigative projects page.
What I know about my audience: Reuters has a national and international audience due to its various bureaus. Much of its audience is made up of the business and political communities.
How I got interested in journalism: I’ve always loved to write, and that eventually transitioned into an interest in other people’s stories and examining prevalent cultural or political trends.
For fun I like to: dance, read and eat my way through whatever city I’m residing in at the moment.
For my internship I’ll pack: notebooks, pens, my laptop, professional clothing and many books to read for fun when I have some down time.
I get my news from: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, The Texas Tribune, CNN, Twitter.
My favorite websites are: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Texas Tribune.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He has a unique ability to weave narrative storytelling and fact. And no matter how much you (a non-black individual) may think you understand race relations, until you read this book you don’t truly grasp the fear people feel every day for the safety of their minds and their bodies. As Toni Morrison says: It is required reading.
My dream journalism job is: working as an investigative reporter at The New York Times, The Texas Tribune, ProPublica or Mother Jones.