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By Caroline Power, ’18
For the second year in a row, a St. Bonaventure University student has been selected for a prestigious summer fellowship with Carnegie-Knight News21.
Senior Rachel Konieczny, a journalism and mass communication major and a cross-country team veteran from Butler, Pa., is one of 30 students from 18 universities selected for the fellowship.
Carnegie-Knight News21 is a national reporting initiative headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, which brings top journalism students from across the country to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major media outlets. The topic for this summer’s fellowship is the quality and supply of water across the U.S.
For two years, Konieczny worked for Pittsburgh Sporting News, an online Pittsburgh sports site where she was the beat reporter and photographer for Duquesne men’s basketball. At St. Bonaventure she is involved on campus as the photo editor at The Bona Venture student-run newspaper and the communications coordinator at University Ministries.
Konieczny now she has the opportunity to expand her horizons — and her byline — on a national platform.
“Being accepted into this fellowship is an honor and I’m excited to begin working on the project for this summer,” Konieczny said.
“Rachel has highly developed intellectual skills and a broad range of conceptual knowledge as well as the pragmatic skills of paying close attention to detail, using common sense and employing a disciplined, intelligent work ethic,” said Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure.
This semester, Konieczny is completing the spring News21 seminar, a weekly online class that concludes in late April. She will head to Arizona in late May for 10 weeks.
Konieczny credits her internships with preparing for the fellowship.
“My previous internship at Pittsburgh Sporting News helped prepare me for the expectations of the fellowship by providing me with valuable real-world reporting experience. I most liked being able to follow one team for the season and pitch feature stories to my editor-in-chief,” she said.
Konieczny is on track to complete her J/MC degree in May. Following graduation she plans to go to law school and focus on intellectual property law.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation joined forces in 2005 to launch News21 as a cornerstone of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.
Nearly 500 top journalism students in the U.S. have participated in the landmark national initiative, exploring topics such as gun rights, veterans’ issues, and food safety. Work produced by News21 has appeared in major media outlets including The Washington Post, NBC News and USA Today.
In addition to Arizona State University, Konieczny will join students from American University, Dublin City (Ireland) University, Elon University, George Washington University, Hofstra University, Kent State University, Louisiana State University, Syracuse University, Texas Christian University, University of Alabama, University of British Columbia, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Texas at Austin.
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