The Bay Area Chapter of NAHJ is proud to announce student member Ashleigh Panoo
has been accepted as a summer 2017 intern at The Fresno Bee.
Ashleigh is a 27-year-old journalism major at Fresno City College
who has been a student writer at the Bee since May of 2016.
“It’s a newsroom position that calls for flexibility covering breaking news as well as event assignments,” said John Rich, the Fresno Bee’s Managing Editor. “Ashleigh has grown as a reporter and a writer. We’re proud that she’s taking the next step in her career with an NAHJ-sponsored internship, and grateful that she’s doing so at The Bee.”
“This internship is going to give me valuable experience and I am so grateful to have been chosen,” she said. “Thank you for helping me to achieve my goals and gain experience in the industry.”
Originally from Caruthers, California, Ashleigh attends Fresno City College where she is the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Rampage
. Eventually, she hopes to transfer to Fresno State to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.
The internship will be paid in part by the Fresno Bee and is sponsored by a grant from PG&E.
“Hiring more Latinos in newsrooms is our primary mission,” said Joe Vazquez, NAHJ Bay Area Vice President. “Hats off to the Fresno Bee for recognizing the fact that Latino reporters help build stronger bridges to a large swath of their readership by telling their stories.”
NAHJ is also extremely grateful to PG&E for its generosity in funding our future journalists.
The Fresno Bee and the Bay Area chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist will fund a paid 10-week summer internship to give aspiring journalists the opportunity to gain a practical education, professional experience and have a great time in the state’s Central Valley.
This is the first-time the Fresno Bee and NAHJ join forces to offer an internship modeled by our already successful partnership with its sister publication, the Sacramento Bee.
The NAHJ intern chosen to spend their summer at the Fresno Bee should be ready to hit the pavement running.
“Our interns produce on average about 40 full stories — many that play on Page 1,” said John Rich, the Fresno Bee’s managing editor. “We also expect all of our reporters, including interns, to participate in multimedia journalism. There are plenty of opportunities to show off your video and audio skills and help develop interactives for our website, www.fresnobee.com
Additionally, the NAHJ intern will have the chance to collaborate with other college student interns who’ll arrive at the Bee from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada in Reno, from Arizona State University and through funding from the California Newspapers Publishers Association.
“Our team of editors is eager to help young talent take off,” Rich said. “An internship at The Fresno Bee can be your ticket to a great future.”
The NAHJ Bay Area chapter will partially fund the summer intern with a generous grant received from donor, PG&E. The Fresno Bee matches the other amount of the paid internship.