Summer's here and we're excited to welcome to our first batch of Patch editorial interns - 43 of them - who will be working with our sites across the U.S. over the next ten weeks! This talented and enthusiastic group was selected from a pool of 568 applicants who come to us from colleges and universities from coast to coast.
Apparently they're excited too:
And if that wasn't enough, we're also thrilled to announce Patch's participation in the prestigious Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF) internship program. Four of our new Patchers spent the last week with ten other interns from different news organizations around the country for the week-long DJNF multimedia training program at Western Kentucky University.
The four interns, their universities and Patch regional assignments are: Alyssa Brumback, Ball State University, Chicago metro area; Andrew Krietz, Michigan State University, Boston area; David Uberti, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Detroit area; and Jannon Barrow, University of California at Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism, San Francisco Bay Area.
Jason Bartolone, an associate regional editor in Florida and a DJNF alumnus who worked as a sports editing intern at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, knows both programs well. "The Dow Jones program helped prepare me for the 'real world' of newspapers- but little did I know that someday that world would include a local newspaper that's entirely online," he observed. "At Patch, I still rely on all the same skills and knowledge I picked up during my training and internship, except for the part about how the printing press works."
Special thanks goes to Michele Rabin, our PatchU, Campus Outreach and Intern Program Manager, for her tireless work launching the Patch Summer Internship Program and helping us to bring still more talent on board.