Shoshana Walter '07, an American Studies major, is one of 32 students and 16 journalists nationwide to win a spot at the Poynter Institute's 2007 summer fellowship for young journalists.
The prestigious six-week program begins in June in St. Petersburg, Florida. Students will take classes with some of the best in the journalism field, while writing their own articles on deadline to be published on the institute's Web site. The program is known as "journalism boot camp."
Walter said that her "unconventional" journalism education is partly responsible for her acceptance. Many of the other participants hail from undergraduate programs in journalism. "My feminism and activism and my academic background really helped me stand out from the other applicants," Walter said.
Walter became interested in journalism her sophomore year in visiting instructor in English Meg Murphy's Intro to Journalism course. Since then she has sought out opportunities to learn more. She covered for her hometown newspaper over break later that year. In 2006 she took an internship with the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she published front-page stories. She gained experience from editing Feminist Uproar magazine, which she founded her first year at Mount Holyoke. Walter is also a contributor to the Women's Public Voices Project, where her work will be featured in a new section called "Passing Glances."
"Poynter will be a new and challenging experience for me," Walter said. "I can't wait."