May 21, 2010
The Write Stuff!
La Salle Student Christopher Palmer Lands Fellowship for Journalism Students at the Poynter Institute in Florida
One of Christopher Palmer’s favorite avocations was reading newspapers, magazines, and Web sites. As for an occupation, he said, “I never was truly sure what I wanted to be.” That’s until he took a journalism class at La Salle University. “I realized (writing) was something I should consider as a career, since I spent so much time consuming it,” said Palmer, whose writing has led to a fellowship this month at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. It’s a highly competitive program for outstanding college seniors and recent college graduates in journalism who have just entered the field.
A faculty member at the Institute described it as “a multi-media boot camp,” in which Palmer and other fellows will be assigned stories in various forms: video, audio, print, and digital.
A senior communication major from Philadelphia, Palmer joined the staff of the Collegian, the weekly student newspaper at La Salle. “I was a general assignment reporter for the paper. I covered a wide variety of stories: sports, community relations, speakers, city events. I usually did whatever the editors asked me to do,” he said. “They accepted several stories that I pitched to them as well.”
“Chris has an intuitive nose for news,” said Huntly Collins, Assistant Professor of Communication at La Salle. “He’s done a marvelous job at the Collegian in reporting the voices of people living in the neighborhoods surrounding La Salle.”
In addition to the student paper, Palmer took a La Salle course that gave him “real-world” experience: “For our final project, we had to do stories reporting on the recession and its numerous effects on people’s daily lives,” he said. ”I did a story on a La Salle student who began doing community service in North Philadelphia because he noticed the city was cutting back on funding for recreation centers in the city.”