Our Student Journalists
WHYY Philadelphia, June 2017
I knew going into this fellowship that I would be working diligently every day. I knew I would be testing my capabilities of telling a really great story. What I did not know was that I would be reaffirmed in the belief that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Six months ago, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be journalist… This week was absolutely draining as well as a test of my character and skills as a journalist.
Taylor Allen, Temple University
Originally from a small rural town in New Jersey, Taylor Allen has wanted to pursue journalism since she was 13 years old. She has been a part of student media since middle school and wishes to pursue political journalism as a career. She loves all facets of journalism but has a special place in her heart for radio news reporting. When she’s not spending all her time on schoolwork or WHIP (Temple University’s Student Radio Station), she’s learning history trivia or making homemade rugs.
Julia Bell, University of Pennsylvania
A rising junior, Julia Bell studies English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to journalism, she also writes fiction and is an avid reader of narrative journalism, author interviews, and fiction (long, short, experimental). She has lived in and around the Philadelphia area her entire life and now reports on the city for “PlanPhilly” at WHYY Radio.
Sarah Diomande, Temple University
Sarah Diomande comes from a family of immigrants and is a first-generation American. Her family comes from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. This is a particularly favorite fact about herself because of the time it took her to appreciate how the difference in her origin makes her who she is. “I’m so proud to speak about the cultural difference in which I was surrounded by because I think this is what makes people special. The story of who people truly are is always of fascination to me.”
Jon Dowding, Temple University
Jon Dowding aspires to become an entertainment/political reporter and TV anchor. He is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish with a minor in political science at Temple University. Jon dreams of becoming a journalist who can bring a voice to the voiceless and have the opportunity to interview the interesting, unique, and diverse array of people who shape our society.
Amanda Thieu, Penn State University
Amanda Thieu was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She currently attends Penn State University, and studies photojournalism and minors in business. Her passions include art—her mediums are drawing, sketching, painting, and photography—playing guitar, and writing short stories. She loves finding and tasting new foods, international travel, and outdoor adventures, such as hiking, swimming, and rock climbing.
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