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POLITICO Announces the Fourth Class of its Annual Journalism Institute

Arlington, VA – POLITICO today announced the 2017 class of the POLITICO Journalism Institute (PJI), an educational initiative focused on supporting diversity in Washington newsrooms.

PJI, now in its fourth year, will be held May 30 to June 9 and will offer 12 university students intensive, hands-on training in government and political reporting and reflects POLITICO’s ongoing support of journalism education and recruitment of up-and-coming top-notch talent. Two students will be selected at the end of the program for a three-month residency in the POLITICO newsroom where they will write, edit and produce content.

“It’s an exciting time for promising young journalists to get involved in the round-the-clock reporting our newsroom is leading,” said Carrie Budoff Brown, POLITICO Editor. “We’re thrilled to continue our commitment to mentoring the growth of these talented young writers, who will surely be at the forefront of tomorrow’s political journalism landscape.”

“Recent events are reminding all of us about the importance of accurate and relevant journalism and the need to focus on stories that matter,” said Jeffrey Rutenbeck, Dean of the American University School of Communication. “Our partnership with POLITICO continues to play a crucial role in identifying and empowering the next generation of storytellers who will take the profession to the next level.”

“It was highly competitive selection process,” said Evelyn Hsu, co-executive director of the Maynard Institute. “This year our group is diverse, not only in their backgrounds but in the schools they represent, including a community college program, state schools, private universities and well-known graduate journalism programs.”

The 2017 PJI participants are:

  • Nashwa Bawab, University of Texas
  • Elizabeth Castillo, California State University, Chico
  • Maria Curi, University of Iowa
  • Sarah Gamard, Louisiana State University
  • Tim Gruver, University of Washington
  • Iliana Hagenah, George Washington University
  • Didi Martinez, Baylor University
  • Duke Omara, Medill School of Journalism
  • Ambar Pardilla, American University
  • Derek Robertson, Medill School of Journalism
  • Ayanna Runcie, Columbia School of Journalism
  • Sara Varela, Broward College

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and American University will continue to partner with POLITICO on the development of the curriculum and the facilitation of classroom sessions. Programming will include interactive lectures, panels with industry leaders, mentoring sessions, and an opportunity to see their work published by POLITICO.

All costs for PJI participants, including room, board and transportation, will be provided by POLITICO. PJI students will split time between American University in Washington, D.C., and POLITICO headquarters in Arlington, Va.

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