In 2021, the DCF piloted the DCF Journalism Internship Program with a grant from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund. The internship embedded college students as reporting interns in Delaware news outlets to focus on the impact of the pandemic on Black and brown communities, which were hit hardest by the pandemic. The pilot program was so successful that the DCF, the Local Journalism Initiative, and other partners funded it again for the summer of 2022.
In 2022, the internship program involved two interns who walked into the program with the aim of helping to increase local coverage, deepen the pipeline of local journalists who are people of color, and elevating stories of underserved communities.
About the 2022 Interns
Aldridge, a recent graduate of the University of Delaware, was a journalist and photographer for the student newspaper, The Review. He is a resident of Wilmington.
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Minhas is a Bear resident and a student at Georgetown University, majoring in English and double minoring in journalism and French. He also is a staff writer for the news division of the school paper, The Hoya.
See Interns’ Work
Here are links to just a sampling of the work produced by the 2022 interns:
- Roe v. Wade Decision Sparks Rallies in Wilmington – DelawareOnline – Donovan Aldridge
- Bald Eagles soaring in Delaware – Delaware State News – Kirit Minhas
- Pilates has taken over TikTok: Find out how it may be different in Delaware – DelawareOnline – Donovan Aldridge
- Delaware to stow plastic shopping bags July 1 – Delaware State News– Kirit Minhas