Amer Taleb, one of two UA journalism majors taking part in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, spent spring 2013 in Washington, D.C., with the Scripps Howard News Wire. (Photo courtesy of Scripps Howard News Wire)
Journalism graduate student Paul Ingram has worked as a writer and photographer for Biosphere 2. (Photo by Susan Swanberg)
Two University of Arizona School of Journalism students were among 24 students chosen nationally for the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, taking place in the School of Journalism May 19-June 2. Students were competitively selected by a panel of journalists at The New York Times from among a national pool of student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Amer Taleb is a junior who has spent the spring 2013 semester as a D.C. reporting intern for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire covering everything from Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court. In addition to Scripps, he’s reported for the Associated Press, The Nation, Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Public Media and the Arizona Daily Wildcat, among others. He runs the Tucson Minaret, a news blog about Tucson’s Muslim and Arab communities, which is also circulated via print to Muslim prisoners throughout Arizona. This summer he secured an internship with CNN in Atlanta.
Paul Ingram is a master’s candidate in the UA School of Journalism who has worked as a freelance reporter for a number of agencies including Reuters, the Associated Press, and TucsonSentinel. Ingram has also worked as a science writer and photographer for Biosphere 2.
“This is an incredible opportunity and honor for these students, selected among the nation’s best college journalists to work alongside the nation’s best professional journalists,” said UA School of Journalism Director David Cuillier. “We are grateful to work with such talented students and honored to continue hosting the workshop for the Times.”
Beginning this year, the UA School of Journalism will become the exclusive site for the New York Times Student Journalism Institute offered to student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
The UA has been partnering with The Times since 2008 to offer the institute every other January. The two-week workshop was offered at Florida International University in years it was not held at the UA.
Don Hecker, senior editor at The Times and the workshop’s director, said Times’ officials decided last year to move the institute to May at the UA, “a school located right where a key issue for many Latinos, immigration, is a flash point. It’s also a home for the Institute that we’ve come to appreciate for the quality of the facilities it offers.”
In odd-numbered years the workshops will be offered at the UA; in even years, The Times will continue to hold the workshop at Dillard University for student members of the National Association of Black Journalists.
There is no cost to students to attend the Institute. Participants are provided with room and board and all of their costs, including transportation to and from the Institute, are paid by The New York Times Company. A stipend is provided for incidentals.
Students are competitively selected by a panel of journalists at The New York Times from among a national pool of student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Students work with veteran journalists from The Times, producing print and multimedia stories on such issues as human smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border, military veterans returning to college and a mother and daughter’s meth addiction.
Twenty-seven UA students have been selected for the program since 2008. They have gone on to careers at media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, The Arizona Republic, Wired Magazine, Arizona Public Media and the Orange County Register.
Other students chosen for the 2013 Institute are:
- James Barragan, UCLA
- Maria Camila Bernal, Florida International University
- Monivette Cordiero, University of Florida
- Elaine Cromie, University Colorado at Boulder
- Jeanette Cruz, Arizona State University
- Arielle Dollinger, Stony Brook University
- Melanie Dostis, Northeastern University
- Donovan Ferguson, University of Missouri
- Joseph Fitzgerald, San Francisco State University
- Kristian Hernandez, University of Texas at El Paso
- Danya P. Hernandez, University of Texas at El Paso
- Mario L. Koran, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Vanessa Martinez, California State University Fullerton
- Anibal Ortiz, California State University Fullerton
- Javier Panzar, University of California Berkeley
- Fausto Giovanny Pinto, CUNY School of Journalism
- Griselda Denise Ramirez, Columbia University
- Erik Reyna, University of California Berkeley
- Michael Rivera, Western Kentucky University
- Molly Smith, Arizona State University
- Marina Villeneuve, Dartmouth
- Hannah Paula Winston, University of Florida