Fall 2023 Community Impact Fellowship
The University of Texas at Austin and Community Impact have teamed up to generate journalism coverage of diverse communities and topics. Two UT students were chosen to work with the Pflugerville-based newspaper and will be working under the supervision of Managing Editor Amy Denney and Professor Christian McDonald to gain professional experience. Students will learn journalism skills such as meeting deadlines for print and digital production, tracking down sources, and pitching stories that appeal to local audiences.
Alyssa Ramos is a journalism junior from Laredo, Texas. When she isn't working to amplify underrepresented communities' voices and expand diverse coverage, she enjoys reading books and drinking coffee. She is most excited to meet people in different communities and get to share their stories through the fellowship.
Read Alyssa's story here.
After the fellowship, Alyssa shared, "This fellowship truly shaped me as a journalist! It gave me real-world experience and taught me the importance of looking at the details. My favorite part of this experience was getting to talk to the community and share their stories! Austin is full of incredible people and organizations that are dedicated to helping them, and i’m grateful to have been able to connect with and support the community with my stories."
Maria Probert Hermosillo
Maria Probert Hermosillo is a journalism and economics junior from Monterrey, Mexico. Maria's favorite thing about Austin is Lady Bird Lake and the barbeque. She enjoys watercolor painting, barre pilates and long walks in her free time. She is most excited to meet new people and explore more of Austin during her time as a fellow.
Read Maria's story here.
After the fellowship, Maria shared, "My experience as a CI fellow taught me a lot about looking for stories that connect with the community. I especially enjoyed getting to learn from story edits and working together with Alyssa."