by James Barragán
I sat in the southwest corner of the Austin American-Statesman office, near a window overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
Around me sat five reporters with the Statesman’s investigative team. Our two City Hall reporters sat near me, as did our transportation reporter, and, more important for me, my mentor. In short, I was surrounded by [...]
by James Barragán
by Marcella Corona
I used to think writing would be easy for me to master.
I always carried a pencil and notebook, writing short stories, poems or diary entries. I even wrote stories for my elementary school newspaper, although it was short-lived.
Recently, I found that writing is one of the most dynamic careers out there. As the [...]
by Virginia Isaad
When I applied to the Chips Quinn Scholars program, I sought a place in the spring class and didn’t get in. When I pushed my application to summer, I wasn’t hopeful but figured I’d give it one last shot.
I was thrilled and nervous when I got the call from the editor at the [...]
Mariecar Mendoza (Spring 2007) is now the features digital director for the Los Angeles News Group. She writes, “I am responsible for producing and overseeing coverage of the music, food and festival scenes in Los Angeles County for all nine LANG publications, which include the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram and Pasadena Star-News.”
by Zahra Farah
The news business is constantly changing. Newspapers are hiring multimedia journalists, well versed in video, photography and writing. The 24-hour news cycle is competitive, grueling and unforgiving.
This is what I was told throughout journalism school, but it didn’t register until I spent a summer interning at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. The term [...]
by Chhun Sun
I can still remember my first day in Azerbaijan. It was brutal.
Arriving on Sept. 22, 2012, I remember feeling thoroughly sleep-deprived after enduring 24 restless hours of traveling from America. I landed at nighttime in Baku, a city I had known little about just weeks earlier. I wasn’t alone. I was a member [...]
Editor’s note: Chhun Sun (Summer 2005) expects to be in northern Azerbaijan with the Peace Corps until November 2014, teaching English and co-editing AZLander, a quarterly publication of Peace Corps Azerbaijan. He is blogging about his experiences for the Chips Quinn Scholars website. Look for his periodic posts.
Reflecting on a year in Azerbaijan
Being an [...]
by Alexandria Valdez
In the locker room of the Green Bay Packers after the team’s training-camp scrimmage, I was one of only four women reporters roaming among the players.
Although I’ve known that there is a dearth of female sports reporters in the industry, the shortage became more evident that day as I reported for the Green [...]
This feature is meant for alums of the Chips Quinn Scholars program to periodically post updates, especially as our alum base grows and our Scholars scatter across the globe.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Several Southern California Chipsters were on hand to staff the Chips Quinn Scholars program booth at the California Chicano News Media Association’s (CCNMA) 35th Journalism [...]
by Ana Ceballos
It has been a month since I’ve returned home to San Diego from Trenton, N.J. During my summer internship at The Trentonian, I kept waiting for the moment when all the lessons I learned would fall into place. Today was that day.
Thinking about how the experience changed my career, I realized it [...]