LSU Manship School of Mass Communication senior Natalie Anderson is one of 35 students chosen from 18 universities around the world to participate in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight News21multimedia reporting initiative, which will investigate federal disaster relief. The Coushatta, La., native will travel to Tempe, Ariz., this summer to research and report for the program. This is the third consecutive year that a Manship School student has been selected for the elite News21 Fellowship.
The 10-week News21 program was established by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to demonstrate that college journalism students can produce innovative, in-depth multimedia projects on a national scale.
Anderson currently serves as editor-in-chief at The Daily Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, and worked in several reporting and management roles at The Daily Reveille before transitioning to the role of editor. She has covered in-depth political stories as part of the Manship School’s Statehouse Bureau, and has reported for both The Advocate and The Natchitoches Times. Anderson also interned for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., in the summer of 2018.
“Natalie has taken advantage of every opportunity that the Manship School offers to build her skills,” Manship School professional-in-residence Christopher Drew said. He directs the school’s experiential journalism program. “Besides working her way up to run The Daily Reveille, she has covered the Capitol for the school’s Statehouse Bureau and had great internships at newspapers. We’re not surprised that the News21 program snapped her up.”
All News21 students are participating in a spring semester seminar in which they are conducting research, interviewing experts and beginning their reporting. This year students will research and report on how the federal government has handled natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes to wildfires, over the past several decades.
The participating universities are Appalachian State University, DePauw University, Dublin City (Ireland) University, Elon University, George Washington University, Kent State University, LSU, St. Bonaventure University, Syracuse University, University of British Columbia, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota,
University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of Puerto Rico, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of Texas at Austin.
Over the past nine years, Carnegie-Knight News21 projects have included investigations into U.S.-based hate crimes, voting rights, post-9/11 veterans, marijuana laws and guns in America, among other topics. The projects have won numerous awards, including four EPPY Awards from Editor & Publisher magazine, the Student Edward R. Murrow Award for video excellence, and a host of honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hearst Awards Program, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of collegiate journalism.
The Carnegie-Knight News 21 program is headquartered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. Its public relations students were recently ranked the #1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.