The CSUN Latino Journalists paid Internship Program

IMG_1715 editedThis past school year, our club, CSUN Latino Journalists, a NAHJ and CCNMA student chapter, started a paid internship program to create more paid opportunities for student journalists.

We wanted to update those of you who have followed the campaign and who have donated.

Our inaugural interns, Loren Townsley and Dayanis López-Reyes were selected this year and began their work at Asian Journal and Impulso de Oaxaca in June. They are being paid $15 an hour for 20 hours a week over eight and ten weeks. We were unsuccessful in raising the full $3000 goal for the Asian Journal internship, but moved forward by shortening the duration of the planned 10 weeks.

Special thanks again to everyone for their support. Thanks to, Professor Benavides, Julian Do at LA Beez, Christina at Asian Journal, Mireya at Impulso de Oaxaca, Dunia Elvir, Julio Vaqueiro, Julio Moran at CCNMA, Mekahlo at NAHJ and many others who supported us and helped make this program a reality.

More than a month in, here’s what our interns had to say:

“It’s being a great work experience, El Nuevo Sol prepared me very well for this. The internship has given me more confidence with myself and knowledge on how to interview people and write shorter. I have to take my own photographs so that’s another part that I’m enjoying. Nunca pensé que la comunidad Oaxaqueña de Los Angeles fuera tan fuerte, tienen muchas historias por contar, me han tratado muy bien.” -Dayanis

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“I’ve been working on a lot of mental health stories, particularly in the LGBTQ community,” said Loren. For a story involving the Filipino transgender community, Loren said she learned how to make relationships with certain people that could point her in the right direction and that working with Asian Journal has allowed her to work on long term projects. “Its allowed me to be really flexible in the different topics that I approach,” she said. She’s currently working on a story about interracial marriages.

Take a look at some of their work below:

Court reporting eyed as emerging career alternative

If you would like to donate to the campaign for next year’s fund, information is below:

You can send a check to the following address:

CCNMA, ASU Cronkite School of Journalism

725 Arizona Ave., Ste. 404

Santa Monica, CA 90401-1723.

Please make your check payable to “CCNMA” and write “CSUN Latino Journalists” in the memo line.

-@acoreynews, former president, CSUN Latino Journalists

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