CSU, Chico News

Student Selected for National Journalism Grant

Date: 10-02-2015

Ernesto Rivera
Public Affairs

Gabriel Sandoval, a third-year journalism student at CSU, Chico, is one of five students nationwide selected for ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program for students of color.

The program aims to make college journalism accessible to students for whom it would otherwise be economically difficult. Recipients receive a $4,500 semester stipend, a week-long visit to ProPublica’s New York offices and ongoing mentoring from one of its journalists.

More than 350 applied for the program. Recipients were selected for their journalistic effort, economic need and passion for telling stories that shape communities.

Sandoval was recruited to CSU, Chico this fall from Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California. During his time there, he witnessed and wrote about a number of important issues, including students threatened with deportation; rampant homelessness; identity theft; and racism. He currently writes for The Orion, CSU, Chico’s award-winning student newspaper.

“Journalism is my passion, and to be recognized by an organization I respect so much makes me feel so lucky and honored,” Sandoval said. “It’s hard to put into words.”

ProPublica is a nonprofit investigative news organization based in New York City. Visit www.propublica.org to learn more.