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Journalism student chosen for Dow Jones News Fund internship


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Tori DeJournett, a Journalism major at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, has been named a Dow Jones News Fund intern – a prestigious honor among the nation’s most talented up-and-coming journalists. Selected from a pool of over 1,000 applicants, DeJournett is among 86 college students, and the only recipient from Hawaiʻi, chosen for the highly competitive program that offers paid summer internships in 62 newsrooms around the country.

DeJournett, along with 12 other interns, will receive specialized digital media training at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The training, which will include video, photography, social media, data visualization and web design, will be led by Michael Wong, a veteran journalist and a former Cronkite career services director, and Shelby Slade, an editor at The Arizona Republic. Upon completion of the training, DeJournett will begin a paid summer residency in Hawai’i Public Radio’s newsroom.

“I am very grateful for all the opportunities that I have been able to partake in through UH Mānoa’s Journalism program,” said DeJournett, who will be graduating May 11 at UH Mānoa’s 113th Annual Commencement Exercise held at the Stan Sheriff Center. “The skills and knowledge that I have gained from the professors and mentors will serve me well throughout my career.”

For the past three years, UH Mānoa journalism students have been accepted into the Dow Jones News Fund internship program. Past recipients and their placements include: Keya RiveraPacific Business News in 2023; and Krista Rados, at Hawai’i News Now, and Nate Bek, at Geekwire, in 2022.

“These achievements show what UH students can do, toe to toe with the best students in the nation,” said Professor Brett Oppegaard, Journalism program director. “If you want to study Journalism, and you want to do that in Hawai’i, you can get a great, nationally competitive education in this field. We also are home-growing in Mānoa the next generation of our communityʻs most-trusted storytellers and truth tellers.”

The Journalism program is housed in the School of Communication and Information in UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences.

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