Paige Cornwell, Kiah Haslett and Mitch Smith received scholarships to attend a four-day workshop in January 2011 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. The workshop, Campus Coverage Project, is an effort to bring investigative reporting training to college and university students.
The three UNL students were selected on reporting experience at a campus-related news outlet. At the workshop students will get hands-on computer-assisted reporting training and join in story brainstorming sessions and panels. The students will produce stories based on the training they'll receive at the workshop.
Cornwell is an assistant features editor and senior reporter for the Daily Nebraskan and will intern at the Lincoln Journal Star beginning January 2011. She reported from Singapore, Cambodia and Indonesia this past summer as part of the CoJMC Southeast Asia study abroad grou. She was previously named a Peter Jennings Fellow and an Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholar.
Haslett works as the associate news editor for the Daily Nebraskan and has also worked at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix as a Pulliam fellow, the Chicago Tribune as a business reporter and Chips Quinn intern and the Omaha World-Herald as a student fellow reporter.
Smith covers the Nebraska football team as a senior reporter for the Daily Nebraskan and will intern at the Lincoln Journal Star at the city desk beginning January 2011.. He was selected from 893 applicants to go on a reporting trip to Africa this past summer with New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof where his columns were published in print and on the Internet.
After the workshop, students will be able to participate in a yearlong program that offers ongoing training and opportunities to learn from investigative and higher education reporters from throughout the country.
Cornwell, Haslett and Smith are among 75 students from colleges and universities throughout the country to be selected from a pool of applicants to receive full scholarships to attend. The scholarships cover travel, lodging plus a stipend for meals.
Campus Coverage's mission is to help student reporters and editors become better watchdogs on campus. The Campus Coverage Project is a joint effort of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Education Writers Association and the Student Press Law Center. It is funded through a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education.