Not to indulge myself too much (an ex-newspaper guy writing about Colby journalists twice in a row), but this is a subject I can't resist.
Alexis Grant ’03, a journalist and editor, got her start in the newspaper business by connecting with Jay Gallagher ’69, a veteran political reporter and bureau chief in New York State. Gallagher offered Grant an internship covering the New York legislature (never a dull moment there), and then served as her mentor, editing her stories, guiding her reporting. Grant went off to journalism school, the Houston Chronicle, did travel writing from Africa, and now works as an editor and writer for U.S. News & World Report.
Things did not go as expected for Gallagher in recent years. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, an experience he chronicled poignantly and irreverently ("Medical update: For those keeping score, I'm getting around with less wincing. Am still complaining a lot, though.") on his blog and died in May.
Grant wants to repeat the generosity he showed her. She's set up a Jan Plan internship that matches Colby journalists with students interested in a possible journalism career, whether it be newspapers, magazines, television, or new media. The idea is to give students a hard look at the career. I know from experience, that many of them will be hooked.
Alexis can provide details. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you tell her you read about her program here, I'll feel like I was a small part of the chain.