This week the United States of America begins a new chapter, with a new leadership team—and the same goes here at Democracy & Me. Congratulations and welcome to our spring semester interns, eleven outstanding area students with a passion for public media, politics, and making positive change in the world.
Six fall-semester interns are returning for another round: Jordan Polk (University of Cincinnati), Alex Bentley (UC, Transition and Access Program), Anne Stevenson (UC, Transition and Access Program), Jean Pateman (Talawanda H.S.), Joyeuse Muhorakeye (Aiken H.S.), and Jordan Shaw (Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts). They’ll be joined by five newcomers: Mary Williams (UC-CCM), a graduate of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program at Hughes STEM; Harnoor Mann (UC), who wrote an essay on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection for the Democracy & Me blog; Brennan Jones (Finneytown Secondary School), a Louder Than a Bomb poet, visual artist, deep thinker and aspiring sociology major; Nandini Likki (The Seven Hills School), who comes to us from Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Tellus Zine; and Enock Sadiki (Aiken H.S.), featured in our Art Museum vlog looking at the art of Hank Willis Thomas, and in our latest Democracy & Z podcast with Elementz, responding to the Capitol riot and aftermath.
Like the incoming Biden-Harris administration, this team has their work cut out. What issues, stories, community challenges or global crises should they tackle first? Stay tuned to Democracy & Me—subscribe to Democracy & Z wherever you get your podcasts, check out our YouTube page, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram—and do share your thoughts with us.