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Journalism graduate awarded prestigious Dow Jones News Fund internship

June 23, 2014
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Katie Bast talks with Tony Atkins of the Austin American-Statesman. Bast spent 10 days at the University of Texas at Austin training for her Dow Jones News internship at the Sacramento Bee. (Photo courtesy of Bradley Wilson.)

EAU CLAIRE — Just over a month ago, Katie Bast was a news editor at The Spectator, UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper. Today, she finds herself sitting on the copy editing desk of a newspaper that has won five Pulitzer Prizes throughout its 157-year history.

Bast, a May 2014 journalism graduate from McFarland, is working at the Sacramento Bee this summer as a Dow Jones News Fund intern. She's part of an exclusive club; only 85 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation were selected for the 2014 internships. But for the UW-Eau Claire journalism program, it's nothing new.

"This is our second student in the last three years to get a Dow Jones internship," said Dr. Mike Dorsher, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of communication and journalism. "This is really the most prestigious internship a journalism student can have."

Before setting out for California, Bast spent 10 days at the University of Texas, where she underwent what she called intense training. It turned out to be good practice, because she is the only copy editing intern at the Sacramento Bee this summer.

"I've been copy editing the opinion pages and the news pages," Bast said. "I really like it. It's a completely new experience for me. But it's fun and everyone is really helpful."

Bast credits her work at The Spectator and faculty members such as Dorsher and Jan Larson, associate professor of communication and journalism, for helping launch her career.

"I would definitely not be here without either of them. People should know that there are really great opportunities out there, and they just need to talk to their professors and find out what they are, because you can find something that you're interested in and keep pursuing it."

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