It is Summer time And That Means The Interns Are Right here


Say hey to 4 gifted younger journalists who’ve joined Civil Beat’s employees for the summer season.

We’re excited to have the ability to provide quite a lot of paid positions this yr to promising reporters and writers who’ve both not too long ago graduated or might be going again to school within the fall. Hawaii is at all times such an awesome place to be a journalist and this summer season is very busy with election season in full swing, the coronavirus nonetheless a difficulty and vacationers returning in greater numbers than we’ve seen in awhile even because the economic system stumbles from inflation and provide shortages. We’re joyful to have the additional assist.

Regardless of the tumultuous occasions, these younger writers all have a ardour for the group and the problems they’re masking and an actual want to assist make the world a greater place by way of their potential to put in writing and talk necessary info to folks.

You’ve already began seeing the work these 4 reporters are producing however we wished to inform you slightly bit extra about every of them:

Civil Beat interns
From left to proper, Ben Angarone, Megan Tagami, Keona Blanks and Alicia Lou. Kim Gamel/Civil Beat/2022

Alicia Lou

Alicia graduated in Could from the College of Hawaii with a level in journalism. She was considered one of greater than a dozen UH journalism college students who spent their days on the Legislature this previous session as a part of a partnership with Civil Beat, Ka Leo O Hawaii — the UH newspaper — and the journalism program.

Alicia Lou 

Alicia is a dive teacher and has lived and labored on boats, which inserts nicely along with her ardour for marine life and sustainability. One among her final class initiatives was this in-depth take a look at Sea Life Park and the therapy of marine animals there which we revealed earlier this month quickly after she began her internship.

“I like accumulating tales, I like figuring out why issues are the best way they’re and I need to make a distinction,” Alicia says. “I feel folks should know what’s happening.”

She’s additionally written about justice, one other concern that’s necessary to her, in reporting on why the trial for 2 folks charged with homicide within the loss of life of a North Shore girl has been delayed for 5 years.

Alicia is hoping to put in writing about quite a lot of issues this summer season and he or she particularly likes getting out into the group and listening to what folks must say.

Megan Tagami

Megan might be a senior at UCLA this coming fall, the place she’s majoring in political science and public affairs. She grew up in Honolulu and is especially enthusiastic about schooling reporting, thanks largely to the truth that her mother is a longtime trainer.

“I like telling folks’s tales and doing it right here in Hawaii as a result of it’s the place I grew up and it’s about points I’m acquainted with and communities I care about,” she says.

Civil Beat Megan Tagami Portrait
Megan Tagami 

Megan says she began studying Civil Beat when she first bought into journalism “and it made an actual affect on me.”

“I wished to go in depth on points” and he or she’s hoping to try this right here. One among her first tales was a deeper look into Oahu’s juvenile correctional facility, which for the primary time in years has no ladies in detention.

Megan says she’s nonetheless contemplating what kind of journalism she desires to concentrate on when she’s firmly planted in her profession. However she desires to come back again residence and make a distinction in Hawaii.

Her internship is along side the Society of Skilled Journalists Hawaii chapter’s summer season intern program that helps place college students with Hawaii-based information organizations.

Keona Blanks

Keona might be a junior at Stanford College within the fall the place she’s majoring in Earth Techniques. She grew up in Ewa Seaside and graduated from James Campbell Excessive College, the place she labored on the scholar newspaper, fostering her curiosity in writing and journalism.

Keona is pioneering a unique type of internship for us this summer season — she’s working as an editorial and opinion author for our IDEAS part. It’s a journalism specialty she bought a style of at Campbell, the place she wrote editorials for the varsity paper.

Keona Blanks
Keona Blanks 

Keona’s pursuits have a tendency extra towards science and environmental points, significantly local weather change, however she says she’s intrigued by science communication — or the dearth of it — and the actual fact that there’s a lot of misinformation on the subject of the atmosphere.

“I’ve had a ardour for writing since highschool and I appreciated information sources rising up in Hawaii as a method to keep concerned,” she says.

Editorial writing is a means to assist information folks on a difficulty. “I see it as advocating for the general public,” she says.

Ben Angarone

Ben Angarone obtained his grasp’s diploma earlier this yr from Columbia College’s journalism program. He has a bachelor’s diploma from Princeton, the place he majored in political science.

He’s new to Hawaii however is studying shortly by way of his project to assist cowl the 2022 elections. He obtained a great introduction to Hawaii points and politics by way of his protection of the Senate District 11 race.

Ben Angarone.
Ben Angarone 

“Journalism is cool as a result of it’s a method to be taught concerning the world and receives a commission for it,” Ben says. “And I like asking questions.”

Ben says it’s been fascinating to get immersed in political points which can be so totally different from these on the mainland and to observe how they’re taking part in out within the campaigns. He’s nonetheless slightly stunned — however joyful — that political and authorities leaders have proved to be very simple to speak to and that everybody will get to put on aloha shirts and slippers.

“Politics, like journalism, is an effective method to be taught concerning the world,” he says.

You’ll be able to learn extra about these 4 rising journalists of their bios on our About Us web page. Please don’t hesitate to succeed in out to them with story concepts. As they are saying, it takes a village to lift a brand new reporter.


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