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The Ellen Cannon internships

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Year-round business-writing stipends at The News Journal

The Ellen Cannon internships, established through a gift from Ellen in 2012, come with stipends to support students who cover business stories for The News Journal. The internships are offered every fall and spring semester ($600) and during the summer ($1,000).  Students will be expected to help report, write and pitch business stories as well as create  videos.

Interested students should email a resume and cover letter, attaching or linking three clips, to the internship director at journalism@udel.edu. The cover letter should be addressed to Phil Freedman, internship coordinator at The News Journal. The internship director will forward the top applicants to the newspaper, which will select the winning applicant after its own review process.

Students must have taken at least an introductory newswriting course and written for The Review. Applications are accept on a rolling basis; those who apply early will be given additional consideration.

Journalism. UD. Golf. Maybe in that order.
Ellen Cannon

To say that Ellen Cannon was an active and involved student at the University of Delaware is to be, well, restrained:

Cannon, an English major with concentrations in journalism and folklore, was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society; chairman of the Student Center Activity Committee; and an editor and writer for The Review.

After she was graduated in 1976, she got really busy.

Cannon started her career at TV Guide. She went on to join the start-up editorial teams at Entertainment Weekly and the Australian edition of People magazine. As managing editor of Bloomberg L.P.'s magazines, she helped create and launch several magazines and its line of consumer and professional finance books.

Cannon moved to the online world as managing editor of Bankrate.com,  then editorial director of the personal finance websites of QuinStreet. She's now a personal finance writer at NerdWallet, where she's a master of credit card coverage.

Ellen Cannon golf story

Ellen Cannon worked as a copy editor for The Review and also wrote about sports, including this final story on the Blue Hen duffers' 1974 golf season.

​One of Cannon's early and persistent loves is golf. The daughter of a professional golfer, Cannon both played and wrote about the game - and in this Review story from 1974, she also took the photo.

Cannon was able to bring her first golf instructor - her dad - into a recent NerdWallet story.

She wrote that her father, who was about to celebrate a birthday, "gave me the best advice about credit cards when I was applying for my first one: 'Look at the interest rate the bank pays on your money in checking and savings accounts. It’s not even 1%. They use your money to make money for the bank. Now look at how much interest you have to pay the bank to use their money if you don’t pay your balance each month. It’s over 15%. Think about how hard it is to earn that much interest on your money.'

"Since then, I’ve always been what the issuers refer to as a 'freeloader': I use their money, but never pay any interest because I pay my balance in full. Thanks for the advice, Dad, and happy birthday."

Cannon's commitment to journalism, and golf, is matched by her commitment to UD. She serves on the board of directors of the UD Alumni Association, and she is an emeritus member of the College of Arts and Sciences' advisory council. Cannon is a mentor at the UD Career Advisory Network (UD CAN), and she's also been a volunteer with the Volunteer Admissions Support Team (VAST) for many years, interviewing potential UD students in Florida.

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Ellen Cannon's diamond brick

Ellen Cannon's brick on the Diamonds Walkway, honoring longtime supporters of UD, between Main Street and Old College on the Newark campus

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The Ellen Cannon internships
  • The Journalism Program
  • 207 Memorial Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • 302-831-3870
  • journalism@udel.edu