Rachel Konieczny, ’17, was among a team of student journalists honored last week with a 2018 Student Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Konieczny and 28 other student journalists on the Carnegie-Knight News21 investigative team were honored for Excellence in Digital Reporting for “Troubled Water,” an in-depth investigation into drinking water contamination in communities across the country.
The RTDNA called the investigative reporting “an amazingly well-told, thorough examination of a serious problem.”
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.
Konieczny was chosen in the spring of her senior year for the summer 2017 internship. She is the third St. Bonaventure student to be chosen.
Lian Bunny, ’16, earned the Carnegie-Knight News21 internship the year before, and Bryce Spadafora, ’18, is doing the internship this summer.
Konieczny is working this summer as a paralegal/marketing intern with the Sommer Law Group in Pittsburgh. This fall, she begins her second year of law school at the University of New Hampshire, where she plans to specialize in intellectual property (copyright and trademark) 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.
More than 500 top journalism students in the United States 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.
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