SPJ,SDX fellow interns at ‘Meet the Press’

Josephine Walker, one of three Virginia college students who received 2021 summer newsroom fellowships from the Virginia SPJ,SDX Educational Foundation, used her stipend to support her internship with NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

Walker is a rising senior majoring in broadcast journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU’s public affairs department recently published an article about Walker’s internship. Here’s an excerpt:

Walker’s duties at “Meet the Press” include combing through transcripts of past interviews and articles, providing background research for upcoming interviews, as well as drafting potential questions to ask political leaders appearing on the show.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” Walker said. “I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet so many interesting people … and I’m just constantly meeting reporters who have covered huge events. Yesterday I chatted with Mark Murray, who’s a senior political editor for the D.C. bureau [of NBC News] and he gave me some really valuable advice.”

Walker’s prestigious internship comes on the heels of being a recipient of a $10,000 award from the Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship, a partnership between the National Association of Black Journalists and Facebook that aims to support the next generation of journalists and strengthen diversity in journalism and media.

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

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