Media update: Southern Delaware Covid coverage internships; Independent Newsmedia’s website

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The Delaware Community Foundation is rolling out the DCF Journalism Internship Program to increase media coverage of Covid-19’s impact on communities of color in southern Delaware.

Rising college juniors and seniors, and recent graduates are invited to apply. People identifying as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline is March 19.

Funded by a Community Needs Grant from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund and participating media outlets, this program will embed college students as reporting interns in established Delaware print, broadcast, and online news outlets to focus on communities that have been hardest by the pandemic.

Thanks to the Delmarva poultry processing industry’s presence, Sussex has a large and diverse ethnic mix that includes immigrants from Central America and Haiti. The population mix also includes indigenous people from Central America without strong Spanish language skills.

This is in addition to a large Black population with a high proportion of people living in poverty.

“Strong local journalism fosters stronger communities, increases civic engagement, and provides information that informs good public policy decisions,” said Allison Taylor Levine, DCF’s vice president for marketing and communications.

“This internship program will help deepen our understanding of some of Delaware’s undercovered communities and build a pipeline of underrepresented voices for our newsrooms,” Levine said.

Participating Delaware news outlets confirmed to date:

  • Cape Gazette
  • DelawareOnline/The News Journal
  • Delaware Public Media
  • Delaware State News
  • Technical.ly Delaware
  • WHYY

For program details and to apply, visit delcf.org/internship2021.

State News owner rolls out Bay to Bay website.

Independent News Media, the Delaware State News owner in Dover, has a newly designed website operating under the URL BaytoBayNews.com.

In a column last weekend, State News Editor Andy West wrote that the website would build on the success of DelawareStateNews.net by better incorporating and packaging stories from its Delmarva weeklies and the daily Delaware State News.

The website designer was Rhode Island-based Creative Circle, a company that specializes in websites for smaller newspapers.

Independent, which has properties in Delaware, Maryland, Florida, and Arizona, operates under a non-profit trust structure that is becoming more popular among newspapers who do not want to sell out to chains like Gatehouse-Gannett and Alden.

This week, it was announced that the Maryland-based Choice Hotels chain chair led an effort to buy the Baltimore Sun and Annapolis Capital Gazette. The newspaper-websites will operate under a nonprofit structure.

Private equity-backed Alden – a firm known for buying metro papers and slashing staffs, bought the Tribune Publishing, owner of The Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, and other metros – agreed to sell the Maryland papers.

Also using a version of the nonprofit format is the Philadelphia Inquirer-Daily News.

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