We are excited to announce Jess Clark as the new 2015-2017 Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting! Clark graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master’s in Journalism in 2015.

Clark is the second recipient of this 2-year post-graduate journalism fellowship, following Reem Khrais who became the inaugural fellow in 2013.

The fellowship is dedicated to in-depth radio reporting on under-covered education issues, stories that the AJ Fletcher Foundation strives to draw attention to. The fellowship forms a partnership between North Carolina Public Radio WUNC and the UNC School of Media and Journalism, which serves as a model for advanced journalism training to develop thoughtful policy reporters for the community.

Clark has extensive multimedia experience from her work as a managing editor for wholehog.org, a special report on North Carolina’s hog industry from UNC’s award-winning interactive series, “Powering A Nation.” She brings broadcast experience from working as a reporter for Carolina Connection, the school’s student-produced radio newscast. Her stories have been featured on WUNC, WAMC and PRX’s “Storytime” newsletter. Clark has interned with the production team for WUNC’s “The State of Things” and reported for WCHL on local schools and state policy, among other issues.

We are confident that Clark will use these skills and experiences throughout her fellowship to share the stories of North Carolina’s education community.

About North Carolina Public Radio® – WUNC

WUNC is a news and information station that serves listeners with a mix of national, international and state news.  It is the most listened to public radio station in the state and was a recent winner of an Edward R Murrow Award for excellence in journalism.  It is licensed to WUNC Public Radio LLC, an affiliate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit: wunc.org

About UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication is an international leader in journalism and mass communication education and is helping to lead the transformation of the digital communications environment. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees — in specializations that include reporting, business journalism, broadcast and electronic journalism, editing and graphic design, multimedia, photojournalism, advertising, public relations and strategic communication — and non-degree professional education programs and workshops for media professionals. Through experiential learning, research with impact and public service, the school is a highly engaged organization with a significant voice in the evolving issues of our time. For more information, visit: jomc.unc.edu.

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