2014 POLITICO Journalism Institute Summer Session Graduates

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MIJE Staff
August 14, 2014

The POLITICO Journalism Institute graduated a dozen students last Friday, marking a new effort to diversify the pipeline of young journalists who aspire to cover politics and government.

POLITICO partnered with the Maynard Institute and American University to create the program. Support for the program came from the Knight Foundation.

"Diverse talent; one purpose," is how Melhor Marie Leonor, a multimedia journalist and a rising senior at Florida International University, summed up the ten-day program.

The students produced a special section for POLITICO's printed paper and heard from dozens of journalists from POLITICO and other publications on covering a beat, writing about policy and how to write for digital media.

Guest speakers included Doris Meissner, the former head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and Michele Flournoy, a former Under Secretary of Defense.

The group spoke with PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill and discussed the First Amendment with Gene Policinski of the Freedom Forum.

Bill Nichols, senior editor of POLITICO, Evelyn Hsu, director of programs for the Maynard Institute, and Lynne Perri, journalism professor at American University, served as program co-directors.


POLITICO Journalism Institute, 2014 Summer Session Graduates
Click here to view the student work at Politico.com

Class of 2014 Student Bios [PDF]

More photos from the graduation ceremony:

Student, Willie Burnley Jr.

Maynard alum Jacqueline Trescott

John Watson, a professor in the School of Communication at American University.

Bill Nichols of POLITICO, a co-director of the program.



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