Madeline Buiano, a senior majoring in English with a minor in Journalism, has been chosen as the 2018-2019 Soles Fellow for the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.
by UD alum Chuck Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity's
investigations into abuses of power have won the Pulitzer Prize twice -
for the Panama Papers in 2017 and for coverage of coal miners denied health benefits in 2014. Using the tools of investigative journalism, the Center
"sparks change" by seeking "transparency, accountability and
efficiency" in government.
Toward that end, Lewis founded the James R. Soles Fellowship in honor of his mentor, who taught in the Department of Political
Science and International Relations from 1968 until his retirement in
2002. The yearlong fellowship comes with salary plus full benefits.
Buiano, a Wilmington native, has worked for The Review, UD's independent student newspaper, as a reporter and editor, most recently as community engagement editor in news . She is an intern for the News Journal and has also interned for Delaware Today.
Buiano said she was looking forward to the chance to "sink my teeth" into in-depth reporting. She was one of several students who attended the Online News Association's 2017 convention in Washington, D.C., because, as her LinkedIn page says, she wants "to enter the digital age of journalism full force" while maintaining "a passion for print." She said she was so inspired by the training that her convention badge is still hanging in her room.
Buiano is also a theater performance minor and has been an active member of the E-52 Student Theater. Last year she co-managed its 24-Hour Theatre Festival and now serves as the group's historian. And this semester, she picked up a new skill: juggling, which comes in handy as a journalist, at least metaphorically.
"Learning to juggle is harder than it seems," she said. "It's a mental thing. I would stress myself out a lot when I was first trying to practice because I couldn't wrap my head around the logistics of it, like when to let go. I was thinking about it too hard. My professor would just keep saying, 'Relax, you're stressing yourself out. Slow down.'"
"As soon as I relaxed and as soon as I stopped thinking about it, it just kind of happened."
Actually, that's not a bad metaphor for life, not just journalism.