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 for the summer of 2022 and again in 2023.
In 2023, 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, and elevating stories of underserved communities.
About the 2023 Interns
Jenkins is a senior at Hofstra University studying graphic design. He began his photography career while attending Design Lab Academy and Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, where he currently resides.
Ransom is a third-year student at Oberlin College, studying sociology with a concentration in journalism. They are a co-host of WOBC Radio News as well as a news editor for The Oberlin Review. They are a resident of Wilmington.
See Interns’ Work
Here are links to just a sampling of the work produced by the 2023 interns:
- Delaware LGBTQ History Digital Preservation – WHYY – Cal Ransom
- Tornado Damages Middletown-area Homes – Delaware State News – Bryce Jenkins
- First trans member of Delaware’s body governing high school sports says state needs to improve and standardize policies for trans athletes – WHYY – Cal Ransom
- Kirkwood Community Gathers for a Peace Walk – Delaware State News– Bryce Jenkins