As the 48th CQS orientation and multimedia training in Nashville, Tenn., concludes this week, we introduce the final four members of the Summer 2018 class.
Name: Benjamin Din
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
College: Northwestern University
Host media group: The Wall Street Journal (Los Angeles)
What I know about my host media group: The Journal is a widely read international daily newspaper that is known for its business coverage – and has fantastic sports coverage, which I learned during the Winter Olympics.
What I know about my media outlet’s audience: The Journal serves an international audience that tends to be business-minded.
How I got interested in journalism: I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in college, but my sister nudged me toward journalism since she knew I liked to write. Four years later, here I am.
For fun I like to: explore new places and take long strolls.
For my internship I’ll pack: whatever I can fit into my car.
I get my news from: The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Politico.
My favorite websites are: Twitter, Facebook and benjamindin.com – I’m always looking for feedback.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “Five Days at Memorial,” by Sheri Fink, because she takes her Pulitzer Prize-winning report and goes further to analyze ethical situations in health care in ways that I had never considered.
My dream journalism job is: to work in a newsroom in a place I love.
Name: Maritza Cruz
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
College: University of Arizona
Host media group: Bay Area News Group (The Mercury News, San Jose, Calif.)
What I know about my host media group: BANG has several community-driven publications around the San Francisco Bay Area that seek to inform the public about local and national issues. The Mercury News won a Pulitzer Prize for general news coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.
What I know about my media outlet’s audience: Readers live around the bay in San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Oakland and Silicon Valley.
How I got interested in journalism: I originally wanted to be a fiction writer and saw journalism as a way to become a better writer. Eventually, I discovered that stories are all around us if you know where to look.
For fun I like to: write fiction, read, play guitar and sing.
For my internship I’ll pack: My laptop, camera, favorite blanket and a few books.
I get my news from: The New York Times, Arizona Daily Star, CNN and Vice.
My favorite websites are: tucson.com, tucsonfoodie.com and chicanoeats.com.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “In the Time of the Butterflies,” by Julia Alvarez. It captures the story of the Mirabel sisters of the Dominican Republic, who were activists. Alvarez tells their story compellingly through interviews and research. Most people wouldn’t consider her approach journalism, but I do and would love to write a similar novel.
My dream journalism job is: to be an independent documentary filmmaker.
Name: Supriya Sridhar
Hometown: Norman, Okla.
College: University of Oklahoma
Host media group: The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
What I know about my host media group: The C-J is the largest paper in the state. It was established in 1868 and bought by Gannett Co. Inc. in 1986. After the Civil War, the paper’s first editor made it a leading voice in what was considered the “New South,” fostering the value of thorough coverage. These days the paper covers a variety of news, sports and arts topics.
What I know about my media outlet’s audience: The audience includes residents of Louisville and people across the country with Kentucky ties. Fans of sports teams in Louisville and the Kentucky Derby also read the paper.
How I got interested in journalism: I was pre-med entering college and had a late-night lab class that I hated. Every Wednesday night after class, my lab partner and I would get milkshakes. During one of our milkshake runs she told me she had joined the student paper and suggested I join, too. I fell in love with journalism and have been hooked ever since. And my lab partner? She’s a journalist, too.
For fun I like to: watch old episodes of “Gilmore Girls,” eat pho and go on road trips with friends.
For my internship I’ll pack: my “bullet journal,” camera, fancy pens and 100 coffee mugs.
I get my news from: The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, Al Jazeera, The Dallas Morning News, Tulsa World, NewsOK.com, OU Daily, Kansas.com and individual journalists I follow on Twitter.
My favorite websites are: The Marshall Project, The Trace, The Texas Tribune.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” by Tracy Kidder. The book follows the journey of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Harvard doctor who created Partners In Health, through Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia. It is beautiful and makes the reader think about the impact of culture on the way that people interpret basic things like health. It also shows a level of intimate reporting that reveals much about the subject.
My dream journalism job is: to cover international affairs and human rights issues through a variety of platforms.
Name: Salgu Wissmath
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
College: Ohio University
Host media group: The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
What I know about my host media group: The C-J has a strong visuals team.
What I know about my media outlet’s audience: They watch the Kentucky Derby.
How I got interested in journalism: When I was in undergrad I joined the student paper so I could continue to take photos. I spent all four years of college in the photo department.
For fun I like to: read, bake, bike and hike.
For my internship I’ll pack: everything. Since I’m graduating, I will need to pack up my life before I move.
I get my news from: Twitter and Tumblr.
My favorite website is: them.us.
The book I’m recommending to fellow journalists is: the photobook “Signs of Your Identity,” by photographer Daniella Zalcman, because it is a great example of one approach to decolonizing visual storytelling.
My dream journalism job is: to work as a visual storyteller for an LGBTQ nonprofit organization.