As the 48th CQS orientation and multimedia training approaches, we continue introducing the 20 members of the Summer 2018 class. Four more scholars who will be among those gathering in Nashville, Tenn., in mid-May share a bit about themselves.
Name: Amanda Zhou
Hometown: Brookline, Mass.
College: Dartmouth College
Host media group: Chalkbeat (New York)
What I know about my host media group: Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization that reports on education policy at the local level.
What I know about my audience: It’s a mix of policy wonks, education advocates, parents and teachers.
How I got interested in journalism: By watching journalists give talks trying to explain important things simply.
For fun I like to: rock climb and cook.
For my internship I’ll pack: a Nalgene water bottle and a titanium spork.
I get my news from: Twitter, NPR Podcasts and FiveThirtyEight.
My favorite websites are: YouTube, WireCutter, The Mountain Project.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don’t,” by Nate Silver. It’s important to know how to use data responsibly and understand the limits of “big data.”
My dream journalism job is: one where I get to do a mix of traditional, data and digital reporting.
Name: Jessy Diamba
College: University of North Texas
Host media group: USA Today Network (Phoenix)
What I know about my host media group: Gannett Co. Inc., which owns the USA Today Network, is an American media holding company and the largest newspaper publisher in the nation, measured by total daily circulation. Gannett reaches more than 110 million people monthly through trademarks like USA Today Network and its iconic USA Today, as well as more than 100 local media brands.
What I know about my media outlet’s audience: Gannett’s newspapers must gear toward an older audience, but an increased online presence demonstrates a shift in that model.
How I got interested in journalism: I love meeting new people, traveling and questioning everything around me. Journalism is the perfect mesh of all three interests.
For fun I like to: read, travel, hang out with family and friends and study foreign languages (I speak five fluently).
For my internship I’ll pack: my favorite books, MacBook Pro, camera and lots of sunscreen for Phoenix.
I get my news from: The New York Times, France 24, BFM TV, Noticias Telemundo, NBC News and the BBC.
My favorite websites are: The New York Times, France 24 and Twitter.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “The Elements of Journalism,” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. The book reviews the foundations of reporting and explores the moral and ethical concerns all journalists should look out for.
My dream journalism job is: to become head of marketing and global outreach for an international news agency, or a chief foreign correspondent.
Name: Jadyn Watson-Fisher
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
College: University of Oklahoma
Host media group: USA Today Network (Nashville, Tenn.)
What I know about my host media group: The network is owned by Gannett, which publishes USA Today and its associated news outlets. It’s one of the largest publishers of news in the United States, if not the world.
What I know about my media outlet’s audience: It is diverse because of Gannett’s 109 organizations around the country and additional international news outlets.
How I got interested in journalism: I grew up watching the local news, “CBS Evening News” and “60 Minutes” as a kid but didn’t know I wanted a career in journalism until my sophomore year of college.
For fun I like to: watch Netflix, play with my dog Shiloh, spend time with friends and family.
For my internship I’ll pack: photos of Shiloh and fancy polka-dotted pants.
I get my news from: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, OU Daily, ESPN, Bleacher Report.
My favorite websites are: ESPN, Twitter, Pinterest.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories: America’s Best Writing, 1979-2003,” edited by David Garlock. It’s an anthology of the best reporting and writing. Not everyone wants to focus on features in their career, but in order to get better at journalism, you need to consume good journalism. The book showcases great work. It reflects the writing, extensive research, reporting and interviewing skills all journalists should strive to have to get the best stories, features or not.
My dream journalism job is: to be working for a major sports outlet, covering a variety of sports, getting to know athletes and coaches and telling their stories. I’d like to be the Holly Rowe of print/online reporting.
Name: Dalia Espinosa
Hometown: Wilmington, Calif.
College: California State University, Northridge
Host media group: Los Angeles Daily News
What I know about my host media group: The L.A. Daily News is based in the San Fernando Valley and has prospered for over 100 years. It is part of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group and shares 11 locations throughout Southern California.
What I know about my media outlet’s audience: Last year, the L.A. Daily News had over 400,000 readers. Within the last decade, its readership peaked at nearly 800,000, in 2009.
How I got interested in journalism: My interest in journalism sprouted from a deep-rooted passion for words. I’ve long found comfort in writing my words on paper. Writing became therapeutic, and I soon realized that it was also a powerful form of expression. As I grew older, my thoughts progressed and my connection to people matured. It all made sense from there: I would use my writing as a way to connect with people. My love and appreciation for life, culture, communities and humanity would be the extra push to serve society with the truth. I am passionate about documenting reality and strengthening authentic communication between people, for the people.
For fun I like to: travel, explore new locations, converse with people, read books and articles and watch films.
For my internship I’ll pack: comfortable and presentable outfits, organizational material to take notes, basic necessities like identification, medication and toiletries.
I get my news from: the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and other trusted outlets that provide breaking news in a timely manner.
My favorite websites are: Youtube, Twitter and Instagram.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger. It displays the intricate relationship between the mind and a clouded understanding of the world. The novel tails the life of a young, introverted boy who is extremely sensible and, as a result, judgmental. However, he has a big heart and does not mean harm. This is an important human aspect that journalists should understand when interacting with people from all demographics.
My dream journalism job is: to be a reporter and writer near to my home, wherever that might be.