AAJ Fellows Named

Strong class from pool of 750 applicants

june 6, 2002  03:13 pm
The 10 fellows of the 2002 Academy for Alternative Journalism have been named from a record-breaking pool of 750 applicants, up from 50 who applied for the fledgling minority program in 2001.

The Academy for Alternative Journalism is a summer residency program funded by AAN and individual AAN member publishers to train minority students in the art of alternative journalism. The program was launched in 2000 in association with Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Each fellow receives a stipend of $3,000.

The 2002 Academy for Alternative Journalism fellows are:

Shelton Hull, 24, from Gainesville, Fla., is a columnist and freelance writer for Folio Weekly and attended the University of Florida.

Stacy Ison, 29, from Portland, Ore., is a graduate of the University of Virginia and currently an intern at Willamette Week. Previously, she worked in association publishing as the managing editor and Web guru of a trade newsletter.

Helen Hwang, 32, from Philadelphia, worked as a research assistant for National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” before becoming an intern at Philadelphia City Paper. She holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Ernesto Lon Dono, 20, of Miami, is a student at the University of Miami and contributes to the Miami Herald’s Spanish language edition, El Nuevo Herald.

Brentin Mock, 24, of Pittsburgh, is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a contributor to the Pittsburgh City Paper.

Martha Pitts, 22, of New Orleans, is a Princeton graduate, who has just completed an internship with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

Kem Poston, 26, of Cincinnati, has done freelance work for The Source, The (NY) Daily Times, and was an editorial assistant at The Village Voice. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Ray Salazar, 28, of Chicago, a senior at DePaul University, is editor of the campus newspaper and has written extensively for several Spanish-language publications in Chicago.

Eric Tullis, 23, from Durham, N.C., is a journalism major at North Carolina Central University and has written for The Source as well as several campus publications.

Elizabeth Wu, 22, from Cincinnati, is a June graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she majored in music and journalism. Currently she is an intern at Cincinnati CityBeat.

Of the 750 applications, a short list of 60 applicants is available to AAN editors looking for interns. Contact Mike Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader, mlenehan@chicagoreader.com for the list. He will forward the applicant's accompanying materials to interested AAN editors.

Ryan Fox is AAN’s summer intern.