Member News (5/9/19): A departure, an anniversary and Dow Jones interns

By |2019-05-10T13:22:19+00:00May 9th, 2019|

Daily Press education reporter departs

Jane Hammond, the Daily Press’s education reporter for the past three-and-a-half years, has left the paper to take a communications job at Christopher Newport University.

Hammond’s final day at the paper was last Thursday.

“Telling the stories of this community has been a joy and a privilege, and I’m so excited to head to @CNUcaptains and join the @CNUComm team to do the same there for students, alumni, professors and the rest of campus as the new storyteller/writer,” Hammond wrote on Twitter.

Capital News Services turns 25

Capital News Service, the student wire service that functions as a class in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University, is celebrating its twenty-fifth year.

Over the years, CNS has consistently provided coverage of the General Assembly to papers that are unable to send their own reporters. Bylines from CNS reporters appear regularly in every publication from small weeklies in southwest Virginia to national papers such as the Washington Post and the Seattle Times.

This past spring, the Virginia Press Foundation (the charitable arm of VPA) awarded a $5,000 grant to CNS to help the program expand its coverage and to purchase new equipment for reporters.

“CNS is a win, win, win,” said Jeff South, CNS’s director and journalism professor in the Robertson School. “It’s a win for the news outlets we serve because they’re getting content they ordinarily would not be able to obtain on their own. It’s also a win for the students because they get bylines often in big news outlets like the Chicago Tribune or the Washington Post. And it’s a win for the readers because they are getting news that they would not read elsewhere.”

For the first time in the program’s history, CNS will be offered in the coming fall semester. CNS reporters will dedicate their efforts to election coverage, when all 140 seats of the General Assembly are up for re-election.

Commonwealth Times executive editor to serve as Dow Jones intern for Roanoke Times

Georgia Geen, who served as the executive editor of the Commonwealth Times this past semester and has been on the paper’s staff since 2016, will be spending some time in Roanoke this summer working as an editing intern at the Roanoke Times.

Geen, who also served as a CNS reporter this past semester, was one of 79 applicants from across the country selected to be a Dow Jones News Fund intern this summer. There were more than 750 applicants for the internship program, which is seen by many as one of the most prestigious in the country.

Geen is a rising senior in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture where she is majoring in digital journalism.

Norfolk State University was the only other Virginia university that had an applicant selected to be a Dow Jones intern. VCU, for the first time in school history, had two applicants selected to be Dow Jones interns. Aside from Geen, Bryauna Kralik, a broadcast journalism major at VCU, was the other applicant selected. She will work this summer with National Public Radio.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginian-Pilot will also have Down Jones interns in their newsrooms this summer.