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Keya Rivera and Victoria Budiono

Journalism students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Communication and Information are being recognized for excellence in the field with scholarships and a paid national internship.

Keya Rivera was selected as a Dow Jones News Fund summer intern, and will spend her paid internship at Pacific Business News (PBN). As part of the news fund’s business reporting program, the interns will spend a week in New York City learning the fundamentals of business reporting and sharpening reporting skills before serving their internships. Rivera is part of the cohort working at American City Business Journal publications, which includes PBN.

“There is much to celebrate in the journalism program,” said Brett Oppegaard, associate professor. “These are nationally significant and paid internships that lead directly to jobs in the field.”

Victoria Budiono is the recipient of the $1,500 Carol Burnett Award for Responsible Journalism, which recognizes high ethical standards in the field of journalism.

“Victoria is a leader and exemplar in the program, and has published significant journalistic work in Hawaiʻi-based and international publications,” said Professor Ann Auman.

The fund was endowed in 1981 following Burnett’s successful libel suit against the National Enquirer. It supports “teaching and research designed to further high stands of ethics and professionalism in journalism, and for awards to outstanding students who have demonstrated a strong sense of journalistic responsibility and integrity.”

The UH Mānoa journalism program has awarded about $20,000 in scholarships for the 2023–24 academic year to students Eujin Chung, Chandler Cowell, Tori DeJournett, Laurel Galvin, Flynn Hamlin, Lili Hurd, Hiʻilawe Neves, Jordan Kalawaiʻa Nunies and Sarah Tomita.

The School of Communication and Information is housed in the College of Social Sciences.

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