UO student selected for multimedia fellowship

Polly Irungu looking through a camera lens

UO senior Polly Irungu is among 12 black college journalism students nationwide selected for this summer’s Student Multimedia Project in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the multimedia project brings together a cadre of journalism and public relations students to cover the combined convention of the two associations. Irungu will receive an all-expenses-paid fellowship for the trip.

"I am looking forward to once again attending NABJ," Irungu said. "I am excited to learn from some of the best in my career field, and meet other aspiring journalists from across the nation. This will allow me to come back with stronger skill sets, an expanded network and renewed inspiration."

Irungu is a Diversity Excellence Scholar at the UO pursuing a journalism career in photography and videography. She works as a freelance blogger for the Huffington Post, communications intern for TrackTown USA, member of Yes Julz Agency social media street team and freelance production assistant for Pac-12 Networks, among other work.

Participants in the Student Multimedia Project receive on-the-job training from professional journalists. Students produce both breaking news and long-form multimedia stories, which are featured in the convention's print and online daily newspaper and on a daily newscast. Students also promote special events, programming and sponsor-related information on the organization's social media platforms.