People at a March 2015 naturalization ceremony hold American flags. Photo by Katie Schoolov

Dear friends of inewsource,

Today, we bring you “Citizen America: Taking the Oath,” a snapshot of the hundreds of thousands of people who become naturalized citizens every year. This radio, video and story package is brought to you by our investigative assistant, Madison Hopkins, a San Diego State senior, who has interned with inewsource for the 2014-15 school year.

Madison is one in a line of our educational success stories, students we pay to intern and who have gone on to careers in journalism or pursued higher education. Madison, who was recognized as outstanding journalism senior at SDSU in a ceremony this month,  was accepted into three top master’s programs. She decided on Northwestern, and will be leaving us in a few weeks.

Madison’s left us with a moving acknowledgment of her time with the inewsource team.

Thanks to your support, inewsource can continue to mentor interns and pay them for their hard work.

“Citizen America” is not an investigation, but it is data-driven, an inewsource trademark. It is Madison’s debut on radio and television. The story is her first solo, although she has contributed to other inewsource reports.

You can catch her on the radio, KPBS 89.5 this morning, or see her on Evening Edition at 5 and 6:30 p.m. on KPBS, Channel 11. You can read her story and see the accompanying animation here, on inewsource. org.

Thank you for making our in-depth journalism possible, and for giving us an opportunity to work with journalists of the future.


Lorie H.

Read Madison’s story

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