Eight Washington-area high school students spent five days at The Washington Post learning about multimedia journalism and reporting stories that examine the state of D.C. tourism and a couple of lesser-known attractions. Meet the students who comprised the 2011 class of The Washington Post Digital Workshop for Young Journalists.
Allie Berube, as a senior, is an editor-in-chief of Oakton High School’s yearbook as well as sports co-editor of the school’s newspaper. Berube has been interested in pursuing a career in sports journalism since she was recruited by Gameday Magazine, a local media company specializing in covering high school sports, to become an intern. Berube, now in her third year at Gameday, has covered football, basketball, baseball and other sports Northern Virginia — including many state championships — as a photographer, writer, on-air reporter, camera operator and commentator. Berube also has written for Patch.com as a high school correspondent and sportswriter. She wants to continue pursuing a career in sports journalism after college.
Walker Carlson is a junior at Fairfax High School. He is the sports editor and copy editor for school’s news magazine, the Rebel Roar. He is also a varsity baseball player who aspires to play baseball and study journalism in college. His ultimate goal is to become a sportswriter.
Julia Cinquegrani is a senior at Walter Johnson High School, where she is spending her second year on the school’s newspaper, The Pitch, in the position of news editor. She enjoys being a reporter because it gives her an excuse to ask nosy questions and the ability to learn about topics and issues that she would not otherwise encounter. Cinquegrani first developed an interest in journalism because her mother, who is a professional reporter, constantly told her of the opportunities she was given that she would not have experienced without her journalism background. Cinquegrani plans to continue reporting. Cinquegrani also enjoys reading, theater and forensics.
Eric Darnell is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. Eric is entering his second year on staff at his school newspaper, The Stampede, but has always had a love and knack for writing. In addition to writing, Eric has also gained an interest in multimedia journalism and has worked on video and illustration projects. In addition to being a photo editor on his school newspaper, Eric is the student body president and has other leadership roles within his high school community. Next fall Eric hopes to be attending Loyola Marymount University or the University of Southern California, both in Los Angeles, or the University of Pittsburgh.
Hannah Hoffman is a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, and is the arts and multimedia editor for the school’s newspaper, The Black and White. Last year Hannah was an arts writer for the paper and covered artists including Beach House and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Hannah has interned for the past two summers at the Washington offices of Agence France Presse (AFP), a French newswire. She is also interested in film and for the past four years has participated in Imagination Stage’s filmmaking program, and will be making an independent documentary this year. Hannah also has participated in National Geographic’s Together Through Film summer program. She hopes to pursue a career in music journalism and/or multimedia journalism.
Zoey Jeong is a senior at James Madison High School in Vienna. She is originally from Seoul, South Korea. Zoey is editor-in-chief of the Hawk Talk, a student-run, self-funded newspaper at her high school. She is also Virginia’s representative to the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Conference and Scholarship.
Emily Lipscomb is a junior at South Lakes High School in Reston. She is a managing editor of the school’s newspaper, The Sentinel. Emily has been in the journalism program since her freshman year and plans to continue on in journalism. Outside of school she enjoys playing lacrosse and loves outdoor activities. Her favorite thing to do is laugh.
Frankee Lyons is a senior at Linganore High School in Frederick. She is a columnist at the Frederick News-Post and hopes to pursue journalism in college.