Yale Journalism Initiative Students Eligible for Summer Funding

The Yale Journalism Initiative has announced that it will provide career counseling and financial support for students interested in working at newspapers and magazines during the summer.

The University sees these internships as invaluable opportunities for students to develop their journalism skills in real-world settings, which can enhance both their readiness and their eagerness to pursue careers in journalism.

To help students find and prepare for these internships, the Initiative has hired Mark Oppenheimer as coordinator. Oppenheimer is the former editor of the New Haven Advocate and a contributor to the New York Times, The American Scholar and Slate. A 1996 graduate of Yale College, Oppenheimer received his Ph.D. from Yale in American religion in 2003. He is author of two books: “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture” and “Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America.”

Editors wishing to hire Yale students as summer interns or reporters should contact Oppenheimer at mark.oppenheimer@yale.edu.

The Yale Journalism Initiative was launched in 2006 with a grant from Yale alumni Steven Brill, the founder of The American Lawyer magazine and Court TV, and his wife, Cynthia Margolin Brill. By providing enhanced opportunities for Yale students to learn about and practice journalism, the Initiative hopes to lead more of them to choose journalism as a career. Ultimately, Yale believes that encouraging the nation’s top students to become journalists will help nurture a vibrant, independent press in America.

This semester, Jill Abramson, managing editor of The New York Times, is teaching the advanced journalism seminar at Yale. The course is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in print journalism and, along with a seminar offered in the fall, is a core requirement for participation in the Yale Journalism Initiative.

“Through the Journalism Initiative, students will learn to appreciate excellent writing and produce it themselves,” said Yale College Dean Peter Salovey. “Having Jill Abramson on campus is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing contemporary journalists. We also welcome Mark Oppenheimer, a young, energetic journalist—and Yale alumnus—to the program. He will help guide our students as they enter the field of journalism.”

Every year, the Yale Journalism Initiative will bring to campus two highly regarded working journalists who will serve as visiting faculty members, one in the fall and one in the spring. The journalists will be selected for their wide-ranging professional experience, their reputation in the field and their demonstrated eagerness to teach students and serve as mentors. Brill himself taught the Advanced Journalism seminar last fall.

Many of the country’s finest journalists are Yale graduates, including Bob Woodward, Jeff Greenfield, former Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham, National Review founder William F. Buckley, Slate editor Jacob Weisberg, Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power and Wall Street Journal managing editor Paul Steiger. The Yale Journalism Initiative is designed to help current Yale students continue this tradition.

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