Poynter Institute: Summer Fellowship for Young Journalists

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Summer fellows

Group shot of summer fellows and faculty.

The fellowship was, by far, one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The fellows and faculty taught me that storytelling comes in all shapes and sizes. Telling stories isn’t just about writing articles – it’s about being conscious observers and capturing moments through the written word and photography. It’s about gathering the sounds of stories through audio. It’s about recording life on video, and visualizing the overall package through design and layout.

We covered lots of stories on our beats. Perhaps the greatest story of all, though, was that of our journey together as young journalists. We were all so different, yet journalism bound us together, and still does.  

Our collaboration, hard work and incredible talent made for a productive six weeks. And our senses of humor, openess, and sincerity made us not just a team of journalists, but a group of friends that I will never forget. Thanks, fellow fellows, for showing me that the future of journalism is in good hands.