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Claudia Balthazar – News21 Fellow

Claudia Balthazar – News21 Fellow

Journalism major Claudia Balthazar ’14 has been selected to participate in the prestigious News21 program, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.  Ms. Balthazar is the first student from The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication to receive this honor.

The summer fellowship runs for 10 weeks from mid-May to late June at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Tempe, AZ. Participants are also expected to successfully complete an online seminar that runs from January 16 to May 1.

News21 fellows produce in-depth news coverage on critical issues facing the nation, using innovative digital methods to distribute the content on multiple platforms. Previous projects have included investigations into voting rights, food safety and transportation safety in America. The topic for the 2014 program will be gun ownership and gun legislation.

Claudia Balthazar currently serves as president of Hofstra University’s Association of Black Journalists (HofstraUABJ).  Under her presidency, HofstraUABJ became an affiliate student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists in January 2013.  Ms. Balthazar is also the recipient of the 2013 Fox News Channel University/Ailes Rising Apprentice Scholarship and a 2013 New York Women in Communications Scholarship.  She is a contributing writer for numerous campus publications and is a former staff member of WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University.

Along with Hofstra University, schools participating in the national program include ASU, British Columbia, Elon, George Washington, Florida, Kent State, Marquette, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas Christian and Texas-Austin.

The fellowship includes a $7,500 stipend for the 10-week reporting program and up to $2,500 in travel money.

News21, headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is an effort on the part of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is and the Carnegie Corporation to change the way journalism is taught in the U.S. and train a new generation of journalism.  The program also receives support from the Hearst Foundations, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Peter Kiewit Foundation of Omaha, Neb., and Women & Philanthropy, part of ASU’s Foundation.


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