By MPJI Staff


King’s graduating senior Jessica Mathews is interning at Source Media publication Financial Planning as a Dow Jones News Fund intern this summer, a prestigious program that selects top journalism students nationwide for training programs and paid Summer internships.

"I couldn't have had more support from the journalism program at King's, and I am going to sorely miss the staff and advisers of the newspaper that work so hard to strengthen our writing and reporting technique," said Mathews. "The EST community has been like family this past year. At the same time, I am excited for the next stage of my life. If there's one thing that King's has taught me—there's always more to learn, so I better start now."

During her four years at King’s, Mathews developed as a strong feature writer and editorial leader. She served as editor in chief of The Empire State Tribune student news platform and magazine her senior year. She interned at in the Fall of 2017.

“Jess showed talent as a feature writer early on in journalism classes and she worked hard to pick up news reporting skills,” said Professor Paul Glader. “Her persistence is paying off.”

The Dow Jones News Fund will send 82 undergraduate and graduate students to work this summer as data and digital journalists, business reporters and multiplatform editors in paid internships at 63 of the nation’s leading news organizations. The News Fund received more than 730 applications last fall. 

Interns attend one-week summer internship residencies at five journalism schools in May and June before reporting to work. Those returning to college at the end of a successful summer receive $1,000 scholarships.

Twenty students, including Mathews, attended the business reporting program at New York University, led by Paul Glader, an associate professor at The King’s College, director of the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute and award-winning former Wall Street Journal reporter. Glader received a grant from the Dow Jones News Fund to lead the program for the second year in a row. During the training program at NYU, students visit The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast, the New York Stock Exchange and learn about business journalism from leading business journalists.

Two students who attended the NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) at The King’s College in Fall of 2017 also landed spots in the DJNF internship program. Michael “Blake” Alsup, a journalism student at University of Mississippi, will intern at The Detroit News this summer. Annabelle Blair, a graduating senior from Taylor University in Indiana, will intern at the Pacific Coast Business Times. Other students from The King’s College are interning at news media outlets such as, FathomAway, EuroNews, The Story Exchange, RealVision, Stacker and Newsweek this spring and summer.

Mathews was also given the John McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute outstanding journalist award as a graduating senior. “When a terror attack struck lower Manhattan this past Halloween, Jessica went to the location and talked to witnesses about what they had seen,” said Clemente Lisi, when giving her the award. “When the time came this semester for her to be a leader, she rose to the occasion. As editor in chief of The Empire State Tribune, she was not afraid to make tough choices while also working with those around her to make them better.”

American City Business Journals Business Reporting Program
@ New York University
Paul Glader and Garry Howard, residency directors
May 28 – June 3 | #djnfBizACBJ18

Anna Ayers, Ohio University, Pittsburgh Business Times; Kyle Cotton, University of Texas, Arlington, San Antonio Business Journal; Fiona Kelliher, Stanford University, San Francisco Business Times; Johnathan Lievonen, University of Florida, South Florida Business Journal; Harrison Miller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Triangle Business Journal; Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland, Nashville Business Journal; Olivia Rockeman, University of California, Davis, Sacramento Business Journal; Kennedy Rose, Syracuse University, Philadelphia Business Journal; Mollie Simon, University of Georgia, Atlanta Business Chronicle; Kyle Swenson, University of Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal.

DJNF Business Reporting Program
@ New York University
Paul Glader, residency director
May 21 – 27 | #djnfBiz18

Blake Alsup, University of Mississippi, The Detroit News; Chental-Song Bembry, Hampton University, American Banker; Annabelle Blair, Taylor University, Pacific Coast Business Times; Danielle Chemtob, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Wall Street Journal; Alexandra Garfinkle, New York University, TheStreet, Inc.; Frank Gargano, Stony Brook University, American Banker; Oscar Gonzalez, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, TheStreet, Inc.; Caroline Hroncich, Columbia University, Thomson Reuters; Jessica Mathews, The King’s College, Financial Planning; Alexander Nicoll, University of Arkansas, TheStreet, Inc.; Brendan Pedersen, DePaul University, BusinessDen; Jack Pitcher, University of Oregon, The Daily Progress; Rachel Ramirez, University of Portland, Advertising Specialty Institute; Taylor Rogers, New York University, TheStreet, Inc.; Mengqi Sun, Columbia University, The Wall Street Journal; Kaitlyn Wang, New York University, Geekwire.