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.
Together, the interns produced 24 stories that elevated the stories and voices of BIPOC people throughout the state. Many stories were shared by multiple participating media outlets, and several were translated into Spanish, providing high-quality news and information to thousands of people.
The pilot program was so successful that the DCF, the Local Journalism Initiative, and other partners are funding it again for the summer of 2022.
About the 2021 Interns
The News Journal/DelawareOnline
Louallen is 2019 graduate of Delaware State University’s mass communications program and a resident of Wilmington.
Delaware State News
Moore is a student at the University of Delaware’s media communications program and a resident of Magnolia.
Perez-Gonzalez is a student at the University of Delaware’s media communications program and a resident of Georgetown.
Delaware Public Media
Williams is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She is a resident of Bear.
See Interns’ Work
Here are links to just a sampling of the work produced by the 2021 interns:
- Taking stock of ‘Rainbow Capitalism’ – Delaware Public Media – Kayla Williams
- African American Festival returns to Legislative Mall Saturday – Delaware State News – Xiomara Moore
- Wright to coach DMA basketball; Tatnall hires Nicholas – DelawareOnline – Doc Louallen
- Southern Delaware businesses slowly overcoming COVID challenges – WHYY – Johnny Perez-Gonzalez