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Journalism faculty selects 2018 Bonistall, Mayhew and MDDC recipients
​Caroline Tobin on the job during her summer internship with WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pa.

​Caroline Tobin on the job during her internship this summer with WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pa.

​Three outstanding journalism minors have been named recipients of the program's 2017-2018 scholarships.

"The Journalism faculty had a tough choice to make, as it always does when selecting scholarship and award recipients. We have truly outstanding students," said Dr. Deborah Gump, director of UD's Journalism Program. "These three young journalists will represent UD - and journalism - exceedingly well."

Caroline Tobin, The Lindsey Marie Bonistall Memorial scholarship

Caroline Tobin, an English major with a Journalism minor, said she has "known my whole life that I wanted to be a news reporter."

The rising senior from Fairfield, Conn., made a good start on that career as an intern this summer at WJAC-TV, an NBC affiliate in Johnstown, Pa. 

"All of the classes I’ve taken at UD taught me the fundamental skills of writing, filming and reporting," Tobin said.

As a student journalist, Tobin has worked for The Review, UD's independent student newspaper; STN49 News, UD's student television network; and  91.3 WVUD, UD's nonprofit campus/community radio station.

"At WJAC I went into work at 3 a.m. and went with a reporter to breaking news in the morning, and developing news stories in the afternoon," Tobin said. "News reporting is far from glamorous, but it's incredibly rewarding in that it lets the voices of a community be heard. Whether it was listening in on a murder trial or interviewing the founder of a local charity, every experience I had made me fall in love with the entire process of creating a news story. I can't wait for it to be my career one day."

The Bonistall scholarship honors Lindsey Marie Bonistall, an English major with a journalism concentration at the university from 2003 until her death in 2005.

Monique Harmon at WITN, Wilmington’s government access station.

​Monique Harmon at WITN, Wilmington’s government access station.

Monique Harmon, The Ross Mayhew scholarship

Monique Harmon, a rising senior with an English major and Journalism minor, is getting a first-hand look at community public affairs in her hometown of Wilmington. 

Harmon received a fellowship from UD's Community Engagement Initiative to work at WITN, Wilmington's government access station.

"At WITN, I'm getting a deeper understanding of politics, and I'm making meaningful connections with each person I meet," Harmon said. "I'm learning how to better tell a story, using images and sound. I'm also working with a producer to produce a new show. I think using my journalism skills will definitely help the community of Wilmington to know about issues and developments going on in the city to create a prosperous future for its residents."

 As a junior, Harmon took third place in the Voices of the Divide essay contest, sponsored by the Center for Political Communication, the Journalism Program and several other UD organizations. Her essay, "Fitting In," shared perspective of belonging to a religion that isn't considered to be part of mainstream American society.

The Mayhew scholarship honors Ross Mayhew, an outstanding editor of The Review in the spring of 1986. 

Julia Lowndes

​Julia Lowndes, a rising junior, is working toward a writing career that gives a voice to those who need one. 

​Julia Lowndes, The MDDC Press Association Scholarship

Julia Lowndes, a rising junior from Lewes, Del., enjoys writing creatively, including essays and poetry. The English major with minors in French and Journalism said she hoped to give voice to people who need it. 

But, of course, she already has. Lowdes won the Thomas W. Molyneux Creative Nonfiction Award for her essay, “The Silent Matriarch,” published in the 2017-2018 edition of Caesura, UD's student literary magazine.

Her essay tells the story of her Polish grandmother, her "babcia," who was displaced as a child by WWII: 

"When she was a young girl, her family was transported to Siberia by Russian troops during WWII. From there, she was shuffled between Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Egypt. At her kitchen table in Upstate New York, Babcia told us these stories of deportation and broken families in the way someone would read from a dictionary: unquestionably."

She closed her essay, in part, with these words: "I see my babcia in birds. I’m reminded of the birds that once visited at the sunny window by her kitchen table. In life, they were opposites. Babcia had never truly been free; guilt and strife weighed her down for 80 years. It left her body burdensome and her bones grieving. But, she found joy in the beauty of the sparrows and the finches and their feathered independence."

Journalism, Lowndes said,  "uses facts and information as methods of empowerment. Knowing the truth is powerful, and that's the beauty of this field. Good journalists form trust with their audience, and this strengthens the reader and the community."

The MDDC scholarship honors high-achieving Journalism students, with preference given to students from Delaware.

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