The class of 10 interns also includes six high school students from Cincinnati-area public schools. The part-time, paid internships are supported by the Dater Foundation and geared toward historically underrepresented youth.
“Black, indigenous, other students of color and historically marginalized groups generally have been blocked out of participation in our democratic institutions. … If we are to make progress those voices need to be front and center and that’s exactly what [Cincinnati public radio] is doing with these internships,” says Bob Hyland, a UC associate professor educator of English who connected with Cincinnati Public Radio’s educational outreach coordinator Julie Coppens to initiate the internship collaboration.
“I was very lucky to connect with Bob and the great people at TAP during this turbulent summer, when it became clear to all of us at Cincinnati Public Radio that we had to do a better job listening to young people,” Coppens says. “Together we were able to identify some remarkable students who could not only benefit from this opportunity, but also inform and challenge us as a news organization in these extraordinary times.”
Coppens says the students receive instruction and career guidance from Cincinnati Public Radio staff members across several departments and coaching from media leaders in the wider community. The collegiate interns also act as mentors to the high school students.
“In case you haven’t heard, this is a really hard time to be a teenager,” Coppens says. “Getting some encouragement and a positive example from an ‘older sib’ with shared interests makes a huge difference — and I think you can already see that in the students’ work.”