CSU, Chico News

Journalism Student Ben Mullin Earns Fellowships with Google, Poynter Institute

Date: 03-27-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico graduating senior Ben Mullin has been selected for two prestigious journalism fellowships: the 10-week summer Google Fellowship and the yearlong Naughton Fellowship. Both take place at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The national Google Journalism Fellowship allows students to explore the use of technology in story-telling at a sponsoring news or media organization. Beginning June 9, Mullin will spend one week at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and the next nine weeks at Poynter, where he’ll produce content for the web and social media and train with media experts. Fellows receive a stipend of $8,000 for the summer and a $1,000 travel budget.

Immediately following his Google Fellowship, Mullin will continue on at Poynter as a Naughton Fellow through June 2015. Named for James Naughton, former Poynter president and Philadelphia Inquirer editor, the international fellowship allows recent college grads to report and write for poynter.org while participating in seminars, workshops and discussions about journalism and its future. One fellow is selected each year for the paid position.

Mullin has served as a correspondent for USA Today College and as a reporting intern at both the Sacramento Bee and the Chico Enterprise-Record. In spring 2013, he served as editor-in-chief of CSU, Chico’s award-winning student newspaper, The Orion, which this month was named the best four-year university weekly by the California College Media Association. He graduates in May with bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism.

He joins nine other students from MIT, University of Southern California, and the graduate schools at UC Berkeley and Columbia, among others, in being named a Google fellow. Host organizations include the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Pew Research Journalism Project, PRI.org and ProPublica.

“I’m excited about being around all of the talented people who work at Poynter,” Mullin said. “It’s a place filled with experts in the industry, and I’m looking forward to learning from their experience.”

The Poynter Institute teaches and trains journalists and media professionals worldwide. Its e-learning division, News University, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum, and its website, poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news, and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting.

CSU, Chico’s Department of Journalism and Public Relations is the only nationally accredited journalism program in California north of San Francisco. It offers options in news and public relations. In 2005, The Orion was inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame for its record of achievements.