Hinckley Institute seeks campaign interns

By and By By: Dustin Gardiner

A group of U students will spend their Fall Semester on the road covering the 2008 presidential campaign.

The Hinckley Institute of Politics is accepting applications to send five students on a three-month intensive journalism study program. The students will report for various publications as they follow Barack Obama and John McCain to the Democratic and Republican Party conventions in Denver and St. Paul, Minn., respectively.

The interns will then spend the bulk of the semester living in Washington, D.C., where they will interview lawmakers and politicians as the campaign develops.

Participants will travel alongside eight students from the Shantou University Journalism School in southern China. The trip is being funded by Li Ka Shing, a Hong Kong-based billionaire and the founder of Shantou University.

The Hinckley Institute is also sending five additional students to both Denver and St. Paul for a week to attend just the party conventions. Students have already been selected for the convention-only spots.

Daily Utah Chronicle staff writer Jed Layton has been selected to take part in the three-month program. His reports will be published in The Chronicle regularly throughout Fall Semester. Rochelle McConkie, The Chronicle’s news editor, has been selected to attend the Democratic convention and will also report on the trip.

For more information or to apply, contact Courtney McBeth, intern manager for the Hinckley Institute, at [email protected]. Applications are due Friday afternoon.

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