ProPublica announced today the selection of two interns through its partnership with the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which is dedicated to increasing the number of reporters and editors of color in investigative journalism. The selected interns, both Ida B. Wells Society members, will gain experience and mentorship from ProPublica’s award-winning investigative newsroom while covering topics related to abuses of power and betrayals of public trust.
Greg Morton will join ProPublica as a data intern. He will work on high-impact investigative projects and will be involved in all facets of data journalism: requesting, collecting, creating and querying databases and finding the stories hidden within them. A writer and senior economics student at Howard University, Morton’s work has focused primarily on labor. As a freelancer, he has worked with Strikewave on pieces about the NBA’s labor history and the pandemic’s effects on teachers in Alaska.
Alyssa Johnson is joining ProPublica as an engagement reporting intern. She will work with ProPublica’s engagement team to crowdsource stories for investigative projects, a role that will involve managing a callout, sifting through incoming tips and leading an outreach campaign, among other responsibilities. A recent graduate from Northwestern University’s journalism program, Johnson covered race and gender as a student reporter. She reported pieces on the effects of gentrification in the Chicago area on Black residents and investigated allegations of racial discrimination in Northwestern’s cheerleading program. She also worked as an editorial intern at People magazine, reporting on entertainment and culture news.
The Ida B. Wells Society has partnered with other newsrooms to create summer internship opportunities, including at The New York Times, the Miami Herald, USA Today and the Associated Press. Learn more about them here.