Three NAHJ Bay Area university students have joined The San Francisco Chronicle newsroom this spring.
Juan Manual Reyes, Jr., assists the sports deck as a reporter and writer for the Chronicle’s multiple platforms. A graduate student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Reyes has worked as a freelance sports writer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and the San Jose State University’s The Spartan Daily.
At the Chronicle, Reyes has covered the San Jose Earthquake and already teamed up with fellow NAHJ intern photographer Natasha Dangond to cover the San Francisco Deltas, a soccer club trying to break into the city’s professional sports scene.
When Dangond is not capturing action shots of athletes for the Chronicle, the San Francisco State student has been tasked with shooting images of residents in Albany standing up against racism, a San Francisco man standing up against Uber, and a community left standing out in the cold after the motel they lived in burned down. Dangond’s photography has also appeared in the San Francisco Examiner and El Tecolote.
Spencer Silva, another first year student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, also joins Reyes and Dangond at the city’s flagship paper, but for a completely new beat: he’s an intern with the Chronicle’s new cannabis online magazine, The Green State. He’s already contributed reporting to this piece about how medical marijuana could help out more senior citizens. Prior to the Chronicle, Silva saw his work published in the Berkeleyside, Oakland Magazine, Oakland North, Richmond Confidential and Mission Local. (NAHJ Bay Area member Lucio Villa, and interactive web producer at the Chronicle, helped put together this online guide to medical marijuana).
This is the second Spring Semester in a row that the San Francisco Chronicle accepts at least one NAHJ-sponsored intern. Last year, UC Berkeley graduate student Marcos Martinez Chacón worked on the metro desk under the tutelage of assistant editor Suzanne Espinosa.
The three paid internships at the Chronicle this year were made possible through a very generous community grant to the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter in the amount of US$10,000 from San Francisco-based bank Wells Fargo.