INN launches new diversity and talent development initiative; creates four graduate internships with Missouri School of Journalism

The Institute for Nonprofit News is partnering with the Missouri School of Journalism to create four graduate internships with support from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of a new diversity initiative this summer called the Knight Nonprofit News Internship Program.

The internships are part of an INN initiative to develop a diverse workforce and advance the fast growth of nonprofit newsrooms.

Four graduate students will work in small newsrooms, which will position students to learn more about the business side of news and the emerging business models in journalism.

The four INN member newsrooms who will be hosting the interns include VTDigger in Vermont, The Conversation in Boston, radio station KCUR in Kansas City, and inewsource in San Diego.

Meet the students who will be interning inside INN member news organizations this summer:

Peng Chen, who is studying data journalism, will help with a variety of tasks, including data collection, reporting and studying analytics at VTDigger.

Samuel Manas, who is studying investigative journalism, will help grow newsletter subscriptions and audience engagement at The Conversation.

Tiantian Zhou, who is studying strategic communication, will help make KCUR’s digital data more understandable and actionable.

Toan Quanch, who is studying data journalism, will work with inewsource’s donor engagement manager and social media coordinator to build a dashboard of key performance indicators to help develop a data-driven culture and better understand its audience.

For more information about the program and students, read the full release here on the Missouri School of Journalism website.