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St. Bonaventure journalism student Delaney Chase awarded Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship

Jan 30, 2024

St. Bonaventure University junior Delaney Chase will join other talented college journalists this summer as they report on “Democracy in Crisis” through a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship.

Delaney ChaseChase, a journalism major from Warren, Pennsylvania, will spend 10 weeks this summer participating in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight reporting initiative, which is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

“Delaney follows a long line of star Jandoli School students in the News21 program,” said Aaron Chimbel, dean of the Jandoli School of Communication at SBU. “I am confident she will thrive doing this important journalism and come back to St. Bonaventure with a wealth of experiences to share with her classmates.”

Chase’s interest in St. Bonaventure was piqued as high school sophomore when she and classmates in her school’s journalism program attended the Jandoli School’s Comm Day.

“I really loved the professors I met and the layout of the school. The journalism program was just what I was looking for,” she said.

She has found myriad opportunities at the university to hone her craft. She is a reporter with the TAPinto Greater Olean news website, where she reports on local events and issues, and is a co-campus coordinator for the SBU chapter of the online magazine Her Campus.

“I really like reporting and talking with people. I’m getting a lot of experience talking to local people and telling their stories. Before (coming to Bona’s) I thought a small town was a disadvantage, but it has ended up being an advantage,” Chase said.

“I really love participating in Her Campus, I feel having that avenue with women who love to write is really good,” she added.

As the News21 team explores the 2024 elections, Chase expects the student journalists will talk with election officials and volunteers and investigate the use of artificial intelligence in elections.

She is also looking forward to collaborating with and learning new skills from fellow journalism students. 

This is the ninth year in a row a St. Bonaventure student has been chosen for the fellowship. The program brings top journalism students from across the country to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major media outlets, including The Washington Post, NBC News and USA Today. Leading up to the summer program, students take part in a News21 issues seminar and begin preliminary reporting during the spring semester.


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. Out of 167 regional universities in the North, St. Bonaventure was ranked #6 for value and #14 for innovation by U.S. News and World Report (2024).