The NC Local News Intern Corps 2020 summer internship program responded to three urgent needs: NC residents’ need for more reporting and information amid the COVID-19 pandemic, college journalists’ needs for professional experience as internships were canceled because of coronavirus concerns, and North Carolina newsrooms’ need for more reporting capacity. This experiment was started up in just a few weeks and showed that resource pooling works: More than 30 publications picked up stories, each of which was published by an average of three different publications. Read more here and watch the video.
The program was supervised by Susan Ladd, an experienced North Carolina editor and Elon University adjunct journalism instructor, along with Melanie Sill, executive director of the North Carolina Local News Workshop, and included professional development and networking opportunities.
Meet the inaugural cohort of the workshop’s Intern Corps program.
Riley, who grew up in Los Angeles, recently completed her master’s degree in science journalism at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, with a focus on science, environment and medical reporting. She wrote for the Brown Daily Herald while earning her undergraduate degree at Brown University, and has freelanced for the Huffington Post, Southerly magazine, LifeHacker, and other publications, including a recent article for the HuffPost on a homeless shelter trying to stay open amid the pandemic. In the summer of 2019, Riley wrote short- and long-form content for the Yale School of Medicine and its affiliated publications as a medical writing intern.
Anton L. Delgado
Anton, who grew up in the Philippines capital city of Manila, is a 2020 graduate of Elon University’s School of Communications. During the pandemic he has worked as managing editor at Elon News Network, managing staffers across several states producing stories for the student newspaper and website. He also has worked as a reporting fellow for the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting since November 2019, investigating the resurgence of leprosy in Brazil and the lack of resources available to thousands of people suffering from the disease. During his time at Elon, Anton has won first-place awards for his journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Collegiate Press, and Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
Marco, who is from Wake Forest, is a 2020 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a business journalism degree at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Marco was co-editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel during his senior year, and managing editor in the year prior, and worked as a business intern for The Charlotte Observer in summer 2019. He won a UNC Chancellor’s Award this year for his work at the DTH, and also was awarded the Hussman School’s John R. Bittner Outstanding Graduating Senior award. During the pandemic, Marco has reported on restaurant workers who lost their livelihoods, and is keenly interested in reporting on the pandemic’s economic effects and impact on Latinx residents of North Carolina.
Khaaliq Van-Otoo, a rising junior at the Elon School of Communications, is a Philadelphia native who got his reporting start in high school at the Abington Friends School and through young journalists’ programs at WHYY in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as the Elon News Network. He also works as student coordinator for Elon’s Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education, and has developed social media and communication skills through internships and jobs with a variety of organizations. Khaaliq has a strong interest in reporting on the coronavirus’ pandemic disproportionate impact on people of color.