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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
The Times it is A-changin': The New Face of Journalism in the Digital Age

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It’s safe to say that the nature of journalism is undergoing change. In the digital age, for some newspapers and magazines, this means a constant struggle to keep up with the immediacy of the internet. This summer, each of us experienced working at publications with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. Many are struggling stay afloat with the loss of advertising and subscription revenue while remaining relevant in a world where news is increasingly consumed through listicles and live-tweets. With limited resources, publications now expect writers to be the “six-in-one journalist”—photographer, social media guru, videographer, web manager, editor, and reporter— all while fact-checking and delivering top quality and ethical work. In each of our internships, we learned how to adapt to these changes as multi-faceted journalists across small-town, niche, big-city, and regional publications.


Todd Brewster

Visiting Senior Lecturer in English

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Sana Hasan

Journalism In Pakistan: Cultural Reporting from Karachi, Psychology Major
This summer I interned at a monthly English current affairs and political magazine in Karachi, Pakistan. My tasks included reporting on cultural events around the city. I wrote a minimum of four articles for each issue, for four issues, as well as managed content for the magazine... Read More →
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Rebecca Mullen

What They Don't Teach in Journalism Class, Critical Social Thought Major
Last summer, I worked as an news reporting intern at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, a regional paper based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Going into the internship, I wanted to learn about the journalism industry and improve my writing and reporting skills. Over the course of my summer... Read More →
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Eileen O'Grady

Challenging Times: the Small Town Weekly in a 24/7 News World, Politics & French Major
Panelist Eileen O’Grady spent her summer multitasking. As an editorial intern for the Stowe Reporter LLC and based at the Shelburne News in Shelburne, Vt., O’Grady’s responsibilities included researching topics, conducting interviews with everyone from the town manager to the... Read More →
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Madeline Skrak

Finding my Niche at The Chronicle, Spanish Major
Why would readers seek print news about a competition that was hot on Twitter a week ago? The Chronicle of the Horse magazine in Middleburg, Virginia has jumped through modern obstacles in order to transition into the internet’s landscape of immediacy. This weekly magazine, traditionally... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Kendade 203