Students chosen for the first cohort of the New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism’s training program are winding up their six-week intensive in arts and culture reporting and writing.
The students, who range from high school sophomores to college seniors, were chosen from a group of applicants earlier this fall. The four students have met weekly to learn and practice basic reporting skills—from interviewing to structuring stories, working with Journo Fund board member journalist Julia Goldberg.
The group also has been working with SITE Santa Fe Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice Joanne LeFrak, who arranged a guided tour and helped connect the students with artists for interviews in connection with the museum’s biennial exhibit, Casa tomada. Upon completion, the students’ work will be published in the Santa Fe Reporter.
Meet the Journo Fund’s first cohort:
Bettina Broyles is a junior at Santa Fe Prep. She is interested in creative writing and arts, and wanted to explore journalism as another mode of creative expression. Bettina enjoys hiking with her dog, art and skiing.
Maya Forte is a senior in the New Mexico School for the Arts. She has lived in New Mexico for the past 12 years, and has been published in both the Taos News and NMpolitics.net. She is considering pursuing careers in environmental science, international relations or journalism.
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Celia Raney is a multimedia journalist, avid reader and coffee connoisseur. Rainy days, late night car jams and high-mountain hikes dominate her ever-seldom free time. She is a senior at the University of New Mexico, studying journalism and English. Her cat Opal regularly stars on her social media.
Ruby Woltring is an Alaskan born senior at Santa Fe Prep. She loves writing and reading, and is passionate about prison reform.
Fundraising is underway for the second cohort of interns, this time focusing on the environment.