Five UA students will take part in New York Times Institute -- December 2010

Five UA journalism students have been accepted into the New York Times Student Journalism Institute to be held at Florida International University Jan. 2-16. Twenty-three students were selected among applicants from across the country. They are Marisa Gerber, Parisa Hajizadeh-Amini, Kassandra Lau, Allison Mullally, and Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan.

Gerber, who is the editor in chief of The Tombstone Epitaph, has been the border apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star and an intern with The New York Times Phoenix Bureau. She has also accepted the paid metro internship position for the Arizona Daily Star for the Spring 2011 semester. Hajizadeh-Amini is the design editor for Epitaph. She also worked as a copy editor and designer for The Mesa Legend while attending Mesa Community College and has done some design work for the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Lau, a photographer, has been one of the most active members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, having attended UNITY 2008 in Chicago, NAHJ Convention in Puerto Rico in 2009, and paying her own way to attend the Denver convention this past summer. She also will be an intern with KOLD-TV next semester. Mullally has been the photo apprentice with the Arizona Daily Star, and works extensively with multimedia, combining audio, stills and video for her personal projects and those for school. Ramon-Sauberan is a freelance reporter for Indian Country Today and editor of Native Perspectives. She took part in the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute in 2008 and 2009 and served as president of the UA’s Tohono O’odham Student Association.

In addition, Nancy Sharkey, a long-time editor at The New York Times who now teaches in the School of Journalism, is one of the editors taking part in the Institute.

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute offers the best and brightest student journalists an opportunity to work with prominent news professionals in a newsroom environment. All expenses for students are paid, including transportation to and from the Institute,  and students receive a stipend during the Institute.

Candidates must be student members of either the National Association of Hispanic Journalists or the National Association of Black Journalists. Students are competitively selected by a panel of journalists at The New York Times. Applicants must submit an essay of up to 500 words on why they want to be journalists; six published writing or editing clips, or portfolios of their work if they are submitting visual material; and a completed Institute application form.

According to the website of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, graduates of the Institute have interned at or now work at some of the most prestigious news organizations in the United States, including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe and, of course, The New York Times itself, along with many other newspapers and news organizations.

Supervised by veteran journalists from The Times, The Boston Globe and the Times Company’s Regional newspapers in a newsroom environment, the students cover events in the cities where the Institutes are held. At previous Institutes, the students’ work has explored issues across the entire spectrum of American life. They have interviewed a Presidential candidate, covered Presidential speeches and explored a variety of national political issues. And they have spotlighted the plight of the homeless in wealthy communities, shown the challenges to immigrants both legal and illegal, and produced dozens of other stories that give voice to both ordinary and extraordinary people.

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