September 2023

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September 2023 NewsBeat 3 Arthur Maiorella, a New York Press Association intern this summer at the Lake Placid News, on assign- ment photographing paddlers at the Second Pond boat launch near Saranac Lake.s I t was a busy summer. At the Lake Placid News, Arthur Maiorel- la covered farmers' markets, the Lake Placid Ironman and the 50th anniversary celebration of the U.S. hockey team's Olym- pic victory over Russia. At TBR News Media, Aidan Johnson wrote about the impact rising housing costs have on senior citizens, an expansion at Stony Brook Medicine and a Juneteenth celebration. At the Ithaca Times, Vee Cipperman tack- led the environmental debate over artificial turf, efforts to provide mental health care to college students and a reggae festival At The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, Abby Lorch wrote about artificial intelli- gence, tried her hand at axe throwing and covered high school graduations, festivals and arts events. Alyssa Beebe created a new platform, The Rugged Independent, for western New York counties with Chris Carosa at the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinenl. In addition to learning about editorial cura- tion, Beebe said she became familiar with the business, marketing and managerial aspects of running a newspaper. All five students worked and learned at local newspapers this summer via the New York Press Association's internship pro- gram. In all, 16 students participated in the program, one of the few paid internships available for journalism students. This year's group included Anna Ginelli, who worked directly with the New York Press Association. Anna's primary goal was to gather information on the millions of dollars in opioid settlement money that will be distributed to local governments in the years ahead. As the program ended, most in- terns expressed thanks for their ex- periences. Rya Vallabhaneni, an intern with Spotlight newspapers in the Capital Region, noted that with the support and guidance of publisher John McIntyre she was able to complete a three-part series on diversion- ary justice. The experience was entirely new to her. She had never interviewed a judge or district attorney, for example, but was able to thanks to her mentor's guidance. This year's interns included: Alyssa Beebe, Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Senti- nel; Solace Church, Putnam County News & Recorder; Vee Cipperman, Ithaca Times; Paul Ferrantino, Express News Group; Anna Ginelli, the New York Press Association; Victoria Hoffman, Straus News; Aidan John- son, TBR News Media; Abigail Lorch, The Daily Gazette of Schenectady; Abigail Rae Luca, Scarsdale News; Arthur Maiorella, the Lake Placid News; Jenna McNulty, El Mensa- jero Católico/Catholic Courier; Ryan Raicht, the Examiner; Rya Vallabhaneni, Spotlight; Julia Vasile-Cozzo, Suffolk Times; Andrew Welliver, Eagle Newspapers; and Alexander Jones, East Aurora Advertiser. The application process for the 2024 round of NYPA summer internships begins in January. Judy Patrick is vice president for editorial development with NYPA and coordinates the summer internship program. By JUDY PATRICK Assignments ranged from fun to serious for NYPA's Class of 2023 summer interns

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