SJMC senior Jeff Hargarten has been accepted to News21, a prestigious news training program in which students from around the country create a news project that is picked up by national outlets, such as NBC.com or The Washington Post.
To participate in the program, students must first be nominated by their institution. Then, when the student is selected by News21, they attend an online class taught by Leonard Downie Jr., former editor of The Washington Post. After completing the class, students head to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix during summer 2013, where they will begin working on the project with world renowned instructors, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Doig of The Miami Herald.
In the past, News21 projects have focused on such hot-button issues as voting rights and food safety. In 2013, the project will focus on veterans as they return home from war.
"Working with other student journalists from across the country will be an amazing experience," said Hargarten. "I like the energy of collaborative journalism and I hope to use my tech, design and data journalism skills as well to enrich the story."
Hargarten is currently a reporter at the Minnesota Daily, has been published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and was a student reporter for the Murphy News Service. He will also participate in the spring 2013 practicum course at the Star Tribune.