Austin Fast, editor-in-chief of the Miami Student, has been selected by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund as one of about 80 undergraduate and graduate students throughout the country to work as multimedia, sports or newspaper copy editors during a 10-week internship this summer.
Fast, a senior with a double major in journalism and international studies, will intern at California Watch, a new San Francisco-based Web site being launched in January by The Center for Investigative Reporting.
According to the site’s Web page, California Watch “pursues in-depth, high-impact reporting on issues such as education, public safety, healthcare and the environment…stories will hold those in power accountable, while tracking government waste and the misspending of taxpayer resources.”
“I’m most excited to get to work with a brand new site just getting off its feet,” Fast said. “It gives me a chance to be more involved than say, if I were at The New York Times, where I would probably never get close to anyone who makes decisions.”
Fast will be copy editing all aspects of other writers’ work, including audio, video, photos and graphics that reporters will use in innovative ways to tell stories, according to Fast. He also is hoping to contribute some of his own work.
Fast will graduate in May 2010 and then head out for a two-week copy editing boot camp at the University of Texas in Austin before going to San Francisco. In April, he was named a Knight Scholar through the John S. Knight Memorial Foundation and Akron Press Club. Fast used the award money to travel to Kosova last summer through the Miami journalism program and interned at KosovaLive, a wire news service.