Internships, accolades flow for senior Julianne Stanford

• Read Julianne Stanford's story, a MAGGIE award finalist (pages 16-20)

Stanford interned for The Skagway News in Alaksa last summer.

Stanford had an earlier internship at Arizona Public Media.

Julianne Stanford’s senior year continues to get even better.

The UA School of Journalism student landed an internship at the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting and a Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic, and became a national MAGGIE award finalist for her El Independiente story, “Seeking Safe Haven.”

She also was selected to participate in the Hertog Foundation’s War Studies Program July 28 to Aug. 12 in Washington, D.C. And last summer, she did a coveted internship at Alaska’s Skagway News.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunities,” Stanford said. “I feel luck to have been offered these great internships that will both challenge and help me grow as a reporter.”

In her AZCIR internship this spring, Stanford is working with public records requests and data journalism, and learning more about long-form investigative reporting. When she starts the Pulliam Fellowship this summer, she hopes to get a taste of big-city reporting for a newspaper “that my family has subscribed to for decades,” said Stanford.

Stanford, a double major in journalism and international relations, is set to graduate in May. She hopes to pursue a career in investigative journalism or community journalism.

“I know they’re kind of on opposite ends of the spectrum, but I believe they’re two of the most important kinds of news and they’re both often underreported,” Stanford said. “ I’d like to be an investigative reporter because I always enjoy digging deep into a story, and sifting through documents and talking to people to get to the heart of the matter. …

“My time as an intern with a small-town newspaper, The Skagway News, last summer showed me how important it really is to have a good community newspaper, and the good it can do for the community when it is staffed with talented journalists.”

Stanford’s “Seeking Safe Haven” story, about Central American children fleeing gang violence, poverty and political instability to find refuge in the U.S., won third place in the investigative category for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Her story is entered in the “Best Print Article/Student” category at the MAGGIE awards in Los Angeles, where the winners will be announced at a dinner on April 28. Last year, recent master’s graduate Kendal Blust won a MAGGIE, which honors the West’s top editorial and design in publishing.

“My overall goal as a journalist is to be able to write important stories in a way that makes people want to read the whole story, and not just the 140 character tweet about it,” Stanford said. “I want to be able to get readers interested in the news and for them to recognize the importance of honest, accurate reporting once again.”

Stanford, a former intern at the Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Public Media, said her time at the UA School of Journalism “has prepared me well, not only for these internships, but hopefully into my career after graduation.”

"The school offers such a diverse set of courses that I believe have set me apart from other applicants to the internships," she said. "I can write, photograph, copy-edit, design and produce because of the classes I’ve taken. Renée Schafer Horton, the J-school’s internship coordinator, has been an invaluable resource to me and all other journalism students through her assistance in helping us all find internships."

In short, Stanford said, “the relationships I’ve developed with the faculty and other students continue to drive my passion for good journalism and for the news industry as a whole."

Published Date: 

03/28/2017 - 2:41pm