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June 22, 2009, 7 a.m.

Meet the Lab summer interns

When I announced we’d be having a few interns (er, “microinterns”) this summer, I could not have guessed the response: 166 applicants from six countries, a huge swath of them terrific. It was a long battle winnowing their number down — and I ended up taking more than I’d expected — but these seven won out:

Michael Andersen, a Grinnell and Northwestern j-school grad who writes for The Columbian in suburban Portland;

Lois Beckett, a Harvard senior studying at Trinity College Cambridge this summer;

Ben Cohen, a senior at Duke currently interning at the sports blog Deadspin;

Ian Crouch, a Duke graduate currently getting a master’s in journalism at NYU and who just completed an internship at Slate;

Haley Sweetland Edwards, a Yale and Columbia j-school grad who formerly worked as a reporter at The Seattle Times;

Ernesto Priego, a Mexico City native currently pursuing a Ph.D. in information studies at University College London; and

Jessica Roy, an undergraduate at NYU majoring in new media and journalism.

You’ve already read some of their work over the past week; you’ll see a lot more of them in the coming weeks and months. My sincere regrets to all the other qualified folks I had to turn away. (On the plus side, we’re hoping to have another round of interns in the fall, if all goes well.)

Joshua Benton is the senior writer and former director of Nieman Lab. You can reach him via email ( or Twitter DM (@jbenton).
POSTED     June 22, 2009, 7 a.m.
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